MLB Preaching Tour

Rounding the Bases, Sending them Home

In summer 2022, two friars will set out on a pilgrimage like no other. In just 11 weeks, we plan to visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, meeting people where they are, to invite them to return home.

Home to Jesus and his Church.

OUR STORY

Meet the Friars

St. Francis of Assisi didn’t just preach in churches, the places where people who already had faith gathered. He spent most of his time preaching in the city square, among ordinary people, talking in ways they could understand. He had a gift of finding God even in the ordinary. For 800 years, the Franciscans have continued this legacy.

In 2013, two Franciscan friars, Fr. Casey Cole, OFM (left) and Fr. Roberto “Tito” Serrano, OFM (right) began to dream how they might do this in the modern world. People didn’t gather in the streets like they did in the 13th century, but they gathered in big stadiums. As avid baseball fans, they came up with the idea of spending a summer visiting the homes of America’s past time, inviting people “home” to the Church.

Nine years later, this dream is hitting the road.

Our Mission

Visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums

Since we were kids, we dreamt of traveling the country, seeing a baseball game in every stadium. Something about being on the road, enjoying America’s pastime, is an adventure we had to fulfill.

Preach the Gospel

As Franciscans, we are called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, inviting those around us to see Him in the world and to change their lives. We plan to celebrate masses and preach about the Good News.

Spread the Franciscan Charism

The Franciscan charism is defined by a spirit of humility, desire for reconciliation with all in creation, and joy at our salvation in Christ. We want to share this with the world, and invite the world to join us in our mission.

The Tour

From May 19 until August 3, we plan to visit 30 cities, covering more than 17,000 miles.

Let’s get together!

Besides going to baseball games, we plan to stop at parishes and church organizations to preach. If you’d like to have us celebrate mass at your parish or preach a single-day event, let us know by filling out the form below! (only requests from official staff members will be returned)

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