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Divine Inspiration - Special Sunday for Archbishop with Steelers in Detroit
sportsillustrated.com ^ | 1/30/06 | unknown

Posted on 01/31/2006 3:03:21 AM PST by beyond the sea

DETROIT (AP) -- Steelers fans longing for their prayers to be answered this Sunday have an ally with some experience -- Cardinal Adam Maida, the archbishop of Detroit.

Maida, who spent the first 54 years of his life in and around Pittsburgh and is a Steelers season ticket holder, made no secret of his loyalties Monday as the Steelers arrived in Detroit.

"Am I a fan? Yes," Maida said at a news conference, where he was surrounded by Steelers memorabilia, including a "terrible towel" and a signed helmet given to him by former coach Chuck Noll. "I went to all the Steelers games I could, and I always arranged my schedule even as a priest so that I could go to those Sunday games."

The team's late owner, Art Rooney, attended mass almost daily at the church where Maida was in residence in the 1960s, the archbishop said. On Saturday nights, Rooney would drop off hundreds of tickets to be distributed among the priests and nuns to help fill what was often an empty stadium. The Steelers weren't at their best in those days, said Maida, 75. "It reminds me of what the Lions are going through now."

Wanting to support Rooney, Maida bought three season tickets, which he still holds to this day. His nephews currently make the most use of them.

Among the historic Steelers moments that Maida has witnessed is 1972's "Immaculate Reception," ......

Many fans had already left the stadium by the time the famous play was made. "I wouldn't leave," Maida recalled. "My brother says, `It's time to go, let's beat the traffic.' I said, `It's not over till it's over."'

He added: "There must have been some divine intervention."

(Excerpt) Read more at sportsillustrated.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: pittsburgh; seahawks; seattle; steelers

1 posted on 01/31/2006 3:03:23 AM PST by beyond the sea
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To: Perdogg; bikepacker67; RightWhale; Dane; unix; MadelineZapeezda; HamiltonJay; ...
"The team's late owner, Art Rooney, attended mass almost daily at the church where Maida was in residence in the 1960s, the archbishop said. On Saturday nights, Rooney would drop off hundreds of tickets to be distributed among the priests and nuns ........"

Mr. Rooney, Steeler.............. ping

2 posted on 01/31/2006 3:21:36 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea
My uncle, a Franciscan priest (who sadly just passed away at the age of 88, in Butler NJ) used to go to Steelers games all the time. If I remember correctly, Art Rooney had a brother who was also a Franciscan, and great friends with my uncle. Those were the days!
3 posted on 01/31/2006 3:29:27 AM PST by ladiesview61
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To: beyond the sea

I hope his prayers are answered!


4 posted on 01/31/2006 3:34:40 AM PST by airborne
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To: ladiesview61; martin_fierro; Petronski; infidel29
If I remember correctly, Art Rooney had a brother who was also a Franciscan, and great friends with my uncle. Those were the days!

Oh yes..........

http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/sports/nationalsports/s_347621.html

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The Rooney family, which owns the Steelers, has a decades-old tradition of inviting a priest to say mass at the team hotel.

"We thought it would be important to bring in the spiritual aspect of things," said Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. "We think that's a good thing for young men to do. They seem to appreciate it. From this standpoint, the idea is that you're going into battle, so to speak, and you're asking God mainly to protect you from injury and things like that."

Rooney remembers that his father, Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., would sometimes sit next to an Episcopalian minister named Dean Moore during games.

"And the Giants always had a Franciscan who would sit on their bench," Rooney said. "I think we beat them one time, 63-7, and my father took (Moore) down and said to (Giants owner) Wellington Mara, 'You've been dealing with those Franciscans for all this time? I found the secret. I got Dean Moore, Episcopalian.' "

*****

LOL

5 posted on 01/31/2006 3:39:17 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: ladiesview61
LIFESTYLES ------ IUP

http://www.iup.edu/publications/iupmag/backissues/Fall00/lifestylesf00.html

Art for Art's sake: President Lawrence K. Pettit, center, accepts a commemorative print from Chuck Klausing, right, who made the presentation on behalf of the Rooney family. Athletic Director Frank Condino is at left. The baseball-card-like painting by famous sports artist Merv Corning, depicts IUP alumnus Art Rooney, who would have been a hundred in January, and his brother, Dan, in their Wheeling Stogies baseball uniforms in 1925. Dan was later ordained a Franciscan priest, and his name was changed to Silas. Art went on to own the Pittsburgh Steelers and to carve for himself and his family central roles in Pittsburgh sports history. Art and Dan finished second and third, respectively, in the Middle Atlantic League batting race in 1925.

6 posted on 01/31/2006 3:47:36 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: airborne
I hope his prayers are answered!

We're due ........ it's been a long time for that fifth.

7 posted on 01/31/2006 3:48:41 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea
I just got someone to cover for me at a Boy Scout function on Sunday.

I didn't realize when I volunteered that it was Super Bowl Sunday. It wouldn't have been as big a deal if the Steelers weren't in it.

Boy am I relieved!!!
8 posted on 01/31/2006 4:35:48 AM PST by airborne
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To: beyond the sea

It never hurts to have God on your side.


9 posted on 01/31/2006 4:36:07 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: airborne
I just got someone to cover for me at a Boy Scout function on Sunday. I didn't realize when I volunteered that it was Super Bowl Sunday.

Is the Boy Scout function late in the day?

10 posted on 01/31/2006 4:46:38 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: Supernatural
It never hurts to have God on your side.

It never hurts, but here's guessing God is not really taking sides in this matter.

;-)

But ...........

11 posted on 01/31/2006 4:50:04 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea

Is God a Steeler fan?

I had to work the day of the Immaculate Reception at the Clariton Coke Works, U.S. Steel. I was in the locker room changing to go home and we were listening to the game on a radio someone had. We were pretty bummed out, thinking it was over. Then, with seconds left, there went Franco. The locker room went wild! I'll never forget that day.


12 posted on 01/31/2006 4:59:30 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: Supernatural
I had to work the day of the Immaculate Reception at the Clariton Coke Works, U.S. Steel. I was in the locker room changing to go home and we were listening to the game on a radio someone had. We were pretty bummed out, thinking it was over. Then, with seconds left, there went Franco. The locker room went wild! I'll never forget that day.

That's great.

I had already turned the radio off that day. Damn was I pleasantly surprised later when I found out what had happened.

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Back in that great year 1960, I was running around in a junior high school soccer game with a little black transistor radio up to my ear as Mazeroski hit THE homerun to kill the mighty Yankees. At least I didn't miss that one.

;-)

13 posted on 01/31/2006 5:05:09 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea

I was in fifth grade for that World Series game, Pirates Vs. Yankees. We were all sitting there getting updates from the 6th grade class next door to us. It wasn't looking good for the Pirates. All of a sudden a great noise erupted next door. Desks were being overturned and kids were whooping and hollering. Mazeroski had just hit the game winning home run in the 9th inning. Another day I'll never forget.

I was in the U.S. Steel locker room when I heard Roberto Clemente had been killed in a plane crash. Same locker room I was in for the Immaculated Reception.

Some things you never forget.


14 posted on 01/31/2006 5:11:32 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: beyond the sea
It's setting up our display for Mall Show Week. We have to wait until the mall closes and the Scout leadership can go in and put tape down for all the booth locations.

Which means we don't get in to set up until 5:30 pm at the soonest!

Unacceptable!
15 posted on 01/31/2006 5:19:07 AM PST by airborne
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To: beyond the sea

It use to work for the Irish maybe, it'll work for the Steelers?


16 posted on 01/31/2006 5:42:33 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: beyond the sea

What a class act.


17 posted on 01/31/2006 6:26:38 AM PST by Steelerfan
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To: Supernatural
I was in the U.S. Steel locker room when I heard Roberto Clemente had been killed in a plane crash. Same locker room I was in for the Immaculated Reception. Some things you never forget.

I was staying with my grandmother that winter when Roberto died.

I had been out all night, had just pulled up to the curb in front of her house at around 6:30 a.m., I was ready to turn off the radio when I heard that terrible news of the plane going down. I will never forget that too.

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http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/sports/clemente.htm

Mr. Clemente was the leader of Puerto Rican efforts to aid the Nicaraguan victims and was aboard the plane because he suspected that relief supplies were falling into the hands of profiteers.

The four-engined DC-7 piston-powered plane crashed moments after takeoff from San Juan International Airport at 9:22 P.M. The plane, carrying a crew of three and one other passenger, came down in heavy seas a mile and a half from shore.

Coast Guard planes circled the area trying to locate the plane by the light of flares. The wreckage was not found until 5 P.M. today in about 100 feet of water. There was no sign of survivors. Airport officials said the plane crashed after making a normal left bank while climbing after the takeoff. It could not be learned if the pilot, identified as Jerry Hill, radioed that he was in difficulty.

Cristobal Colon, a friend of Mr. Clemente who was working on the committee to raise funds and collect clothing for the earthquake victims, said he had driven Mr. Clemente and his wife, Vera, to the airport. Mrs. Clemente did not board the plane.

Mrs. Clemente said she was concerned that the plane seemed old and overloaded, but her husband assured her that everything would be all right. When the pilot did not show up until late, she said he told her, "If there is one more delay, we'll leave this for tomorrow."

Mr. Colon said Mr. Clemente had insisted on going with the flight to make certain that the supplies got into the hands of the people who needed them. "He had received reports that some of the food and clothing he had sent earlier had fallen into the hands of profiteers," said Mr. Colon. Mr. Clemente had been asked to take part in the collection of funds by Luis Vigoraux, a television producer.

"He did not just lend his name to the fund-raising activities the way some famous personalities do," said Mr. Vigoraux. "He took over the entire thing, arranging for collection points, publicity and the transportation to Nicaragua."

Mr. Clemente's relief organization had collected $150,000 in cash and tons of clothing and foodstuffs. More money and clothing are still being donated. "We sent a ship loaded with supplies during the week," said a member of the earthquake relief committee. "One of the reasons Roberto went on the plane was to get there before the ship arrived to see the supplies were distributed properly."

18 posted on 01/31/2006 6:28:30 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: airborne
Which means we don't get in to set up until 5:30 pm at the soonest! ........... Unacceptable!

LOL ............. unacceptable.

19 posted on 01/31/2006 6:29:48 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: airborne; Supernatural; ladiesview61; wolfcreek; Steelerfan

Here is another piece on this:

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060131/SPORTS0106/601310399/1126/rss14

Blessed be the Steelers, cardinal says

(snips) – Maida, who was friends with the late owner of the team, Art Rooney Sr., is an example of the Steelers' close relationship with Catholics. The team's training camp has even been at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., since 1966. And the team's Catholic following is evident in one of its largest fan clubs -- the Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club of Baltimore, which has more than 3,300 members.

Essex, Md., resident Jack Staley, president of one of its chapters, says at least half of the club is Catholic and compares its appeal to that of the University of Notre Dame. "It's a religion to us," he said. Staley, 45, lived in the Pittsburgh area as a boy and remembers people making it a priority to go to Mass before the games. "I don't think (the team and its ownership) push the Catholic faith on you. We just all happen to be (Catholic)."

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In Detroit, when the Communications Office of the archdiocese issued a news release Friday saying Maida was officially "neutral" about the Super Bowl, Maida roared with laughter. "I'm going to get off this neutral thing: I'm rooting for the Steelers!" Maida said. Inundated with media requests for the cardinal's views on the Big Game, the archdiocese held a news conference so reporters from Metro Detroit and Pittsburgh could attend.

20 posted on 01/31/2006 6:39:43 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea; martin_fierro
"The team's late owner, Art Rooney, attended mass almost daily at the church where Maida was in residence in the 1960s", the archbishop said.

Must've been St. John Lateral

21 posted on 01/31/2006 6:42:37 AM PST by mikrofon (SB Bump)
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To: beyond the sea

They had some good stories on the local news last night about the Cardinal rooting for the Steelers. Did you see any of it? It was way cool.


22 posted on 01/31/2006 7:14:16 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: beyond the sea

There was a story posted on the Steeler mailing list some years back by a man whose father died in the early 1980's. The father's obituary mentioned he was a lifelong Steeler season ticket holder. According to the poster, at the end of the funeral Rooney came up to him and said he had seen the obituary and wanted to pay his respects and thank him for his father's support.

Do not know if the story is true, but I would like to think it is.


23 posted on 01/31/2006 7:34:19 AM PST by Steelerfan
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To: beyond the sea
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Prayer for The Chief!

24 posted on 01/31/2006 7:56:07 AM PST by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: beyond the sea

Seriously, who ISN'T rooting for the Steelers on Sunday? Only people in Seattle and Cleveland.


25 posted on 01/31/2006 7:57:57 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Steelerfan

I do not know.


26 posted on 01/31/2006 11:33:41 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea
"I was staying with my grandmother that winter when Roberto died. "

That's funny. I was staying with my grandmother that winter, too.

She lived in New Orleans, and we were just leaving her house to take my girlfriend to the bus stop to head back to Pittsburgh after visiting me over her Christmas break from college.

My girlfriend, now my wife of 31 years, grew up a devoted Roberto fan and was crushed by the news that her hero's plane was missing.

Go Stillers!

The just result: Steelers 45/ Seahawks 6

27 posted on 01/31/2006 11:42:19 AM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: beyond the sea
The good sisters (most German) who ran the dining hall (did the cooking and serving) for years at St. Vinnies, all followed the Steelers. They would get to know the players when they were at training camp and then remember then, and the team, during their prayers. The good sisters wore the traditional black habits, and would add little gold bottons and ribbons on game days. You can't go wrong with that fan base ;)

Btw, one of the priests at our parish wears a Stillerz stoll (sash) on his vestments on game days. It has the steel logo :)

28 posted on 01/31/2006 11:56:51 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Pittsburgh is going to the SuperBowl...here we go!!!)
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
My girlfriend, now my wife of 31 years,

33 years here with my wife/girl friend

Go STILLERS!

29 posted on 01/31/2006 12:01:44 PM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
We can't lose!

;-)

30 posted on 01/31/2006 12:02:54 PM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea

I'm rooting for the BIRDS this time around. Pitts has already won their far share. Actually, I wouldn't care if the game ended in a tie.


31 posted on 01/31/2006 12:26:26 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: Supernatural

I saw the Cardinal story on WPXI's 10 PM News on Fox.


32 posted on 01/31/2006 4:40:46 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Ciexyz

I saw it on the Channel 4 news at 6. Much news on about the Steelers, even more on tonight's news. Everyone is pretty excited. Reminds me of the first time they got to the Super Bowl.


33 posted on 01/31/2006 4:43:31 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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