Meet Patrick McCaskey, Chairman of Sports Faith
International Advisory Board 

Chicago Bears' board member and the Bears' senior director of special projects, Patrick McCaskey, has been writing about sports for decades - producing over 30 booklets as a Bears' family scribe. Pillars of the NFL is McCaskey's third book following Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout and Bear with Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears.  

As a young athlete, McCaskey played football and ran track at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois.  He also ran cross-country and track at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut.  Now he competes on the masters' track circuit.

McCaskey serves as a contributing editor to the literary magazines at Loyola University Chicago, as well as Indiana University from which he graduated as an English major.  The author has a master's degree in the interdisciplinary studies of business, writing, and performing from DePaul University.

McCaskey is chairman of Sports Faith International which recognizes people who are successful in sports while leading exemplary lives.  He and his wife Gretchen, have three sons, Edward who is married to Elizabeth, Thomas, and James.  


 Meet Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Episcopal Advisor
             Bishop Thomas Paprocki previously tried to exorcise the Governor of IllinoisBishop Thomas  J. Paprocki, known as the “Holy Goalie”, is a graduate of Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Niles College of Loyola University, Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary, DePaul University College of Law, and the Pontifical Gregorian University.  He is also a candidate for the M.B.A. degree at the University of Notre Dame. Currently he is the Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois. He plays hockey, has finished nineteen marathons and is Chairman of the Bishops’ advisory board of Catholic Athletes for Christ. He will be inducted into the Sports Faith Hall of Fame as its 2013 Light of Christ Award Recipient.

Meet Ray McKenna, Sports Faith International Advisory Board

Ray McKenna is the founder and president of Catholic Athletes for Christ.  McKenna is a Washington, DC based attorney and former general counsel of the General Services Administration. He served as a baseball chaplain for eight years.  McKenna’s interest in the role of religion in sports stemmed from his time serving as sports chaplain for the former Potomac Cannons (now the Potomac Nationals), a Class-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Washington Nationals based in Woodbridge. McKenna also participated in the first ever Church and sports conference at the Vatican in 2005 and has been working with the Vatican’s sports office to promote the Church’s mission in the United States.