SJV Seminarians Slam Dunk Opportunity to Share the Gift of Vocation


Seminarians from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary drove to Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School to play in the second annual Catholic All Stars basketball game.

“We’re here to humanize the collar, to show them that we’re real dudes, who are in love the Lord and have normal lives and love to play basketball,” said Daniel Ciucci, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Eleven seminarians took part on the court, but all 61 men studying philosophy or theology for 12 different dioceses around the world were present to give witness to the gift of their vocation. “When I was in high school, I had no interaction with seminarians, and I didn’t know what a seminarian was,” said Matt Magee, power forward for the SJV team, “and so we came out today, and were able to spend some time playing basketball with these guys. And just to be present with the other students I think was a great opportunity…to promote the actual existence of the seminary.”

While 11 of the seminarians played on the court, the other 50 were in the stands with students. “Having seminarians come out shows that they care and helps us think about maybe becoming a religious person in the future,” said Machebeuf junior Sam Donnelly, “and I’m really glad they came out to play today.”

The Catholic All Stars Game was started last year as a way for the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Denver to raise awareness of religious vocations for students at Bishop Machebeuf. The Church believes that some men and women are called to serve the church in a unique way: with a heroic and total gift of self. Fr. Jim Crisman addressed the high school students after the game expressing the importance of cooperation with God in discerning vocation.

This year the Seminarians of SJV won Catholic All Stars Game. To learn more about vocations, visit the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Denver.