Southwest Holy Name Society Softball League

Several years back I heard about a unique activity that
the Holy Name Society was involved in. They were
involved with diamonds. Not the sparkling ones, but
dusty ones. So I did a little digging and got the scoop
on them. They were playing on softball diamonds! I
was able get in contact with Dan McVicker who is the
Athletic Director for the St. Christina Holy Name
Society. He was able to provide me with some
information on this activity.
The activity is the Southwest Holy Name Society
Softball League. The league was founded in 1978 by
St. Christina’s Charlie Knock. Charlie is an advisor to
St. Christina’s Holy Name Board. The league plays on
Sunday afternoons at the St. Christina Parish Fields at
111th & Central Park. The league started with 6 teams,
which consisted of St. Christina, Christ the King, St.
Gerald, St. Thomas More, Queen of Martyrs, and Most
Holy Redeemer.
The league now consists of 14 parishes from the
southwest side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs,
consisting of St. Christina, St. Cajetan, St. John
Fisher, St. Bede, St. Linus, St. Gerald, St. Germaine,
St. Bernadette, Most Holy Redeemer, Incarnation, Our
Lady of the Ridge, Our Lady of Loretto, St. Catherine,
and Queen of Martyrs. The league starts in May and
ends in August. It is very competitive yet is a great way
to meet gentlemen from other parishes and enjoy
camaraderie. Current board members of the league
are St. Christina’s Bill Fitzgibbons and Jack Ullrich, St.
Catherine’s Larry Daly, St. Linus’s Dave McCarthy,
and Most Holy Redeemer’s Ed Murphy.
I find this very fascinating! The Southwest Holy Name
Softball League and the Chicago Association of the
Holy Name Society Annual Spiritual Assembly Mass
and Procession of Banners have been in existence for
almost the same amount of time. The Spiritual
Assembly Mass will be in its 37th year and the
Southwest Holy Name Softball League will be in its
39th year. What a parallel! To repeat what Dan
McVicker said above, “ …a great way to
meet gentlemen from other parishes and enjoy

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