The second annual Diocese of Raleigh Office of Vocations Men in Black basketball game (MIB2) will be this coming Saturday, January 5, 2008, at 11:00am. The "Duel in Durham" as it's being called will be held at the Emily K Center in Durham. The game will feature the MIB (Priests, Seminarians, and members of the Priesthood Discernment Group) playing against high students from Cardinal Gibbons and St. Thomas More Academy.
Last year's game was a great deal of fun, with a huge turn out of enthusiastic fans. It was certainly the largest vocations event in the Diocese last year, if not the last ten years. Unfortunately the MIB were unable to prevail in a game that, among other things, served as an exercise in humility. True to my competitive nature, I hope this years results will differ!
The gym will open at 10:30am, the game will start at 11:00am. Again this year we will introduce the seminarians at halftime, and His Excellency, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will help referee the game. Following the game the seminarians will lead everyone in praying the Rosary. There will be time after the game to speak with Bishop Burbidge, the Priests and Seminarians. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend, as this is a Diaconate formation weekend for me and my brother candidates - unless my boss can get me out of it!
One other point of interest - John D'Amelio designed the MIB2 shirts and they look great. They will be available at the game, for a donation that will go to support the Office of Vocations. See the shirts below:
For those of you that missed last year's game, check out the video below from the Diocese of Raleigh which shows Bishop Burbidge, our Priests, and Seminarians in action:
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