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Student-Athletes at Saint Francis Receive Blessing For The Season

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More than 350 Saint Francis High School student-athletes, representing 25 Lancer fall teams, received a special blessing at a morning prayer service hosted by Campus Ministry.

Led by Father Tony Mancuso, the school’s chaplain, and Father Steve Kim, director of Campus Ministry, each athlete received an anointing with holy oil, replicating the ancient tradition from the first Olympics of using oil as a symbol of giving protection to the competitors. At the high school’s first such prayer service, the athletes received a blessing for their health, safety and ability to maintain high standards of sportsmanship. The blessing is to remind the students that God is with them at all times, regardless of the final outcome on the field, Father Steve said.