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Intentional Grounding: NFL GM Chris Ballard reveals how his deep-rooted Catholic faith guided him through the last year of social unrest

June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


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Those who work with young people know that sports and professional athletes have incredible influence over the lives of most teenagers. The NFL is one of the most dominant cultural institutions today, which means that it is consistently in the spotlight when our country experiences conflict. Racism. The Pandemic. Political division. These issues have impacted all of us this year, from the NFL to each of our parishes and dioceses, and they will continue to have a significant impact on the lives of our young people.

Grounded in his faith and starting with the core Catholic value of the dignity of every person, Chris Ballard offers his insights and experiences for how to work effectively and justly to achieve unity within a diverse organization. Join this moderated conversation between Chris, Indianapolis Chaplain Fr. Douglas Hunter, long-time youth minister Mike Patin plus Darius Villalobos, NFCYM’s Director of Cultural Diversity to learn practical tips for how our Catholic faith can help you engage in difficult conversations with young people about topics of supreme importance in our society.


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Chris Ballard: is an American football executive, currently serving as the general manager for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) since 2016. His quick success helped secure him the 2018 NFL Executive of the Year. Before joining the Colts, Chris was an executive for the Kansas City Chiefs, where he most recently served as the Director of Football Operations.  Chris also spent time as a scout for the Chicago Bears, and served in various coaching roles at Texas A&M University–Kingsville.  Chris and his wife Kristin have 5 children.




Fr. Douglas Hunter: is a Roman Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He serves as Pastor of Saint Roch Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the same time, he serves as Chaplain the Indianapolis Colts, an Indianapolis high school, and Southport Police Department. www.fatherhunter.com





Mike Patin: Mike Patin uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God’s goodness and presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the “next step” in our journey with God. Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.” www.mikepatin.com



Darius Villalobos: serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). He served in the Archdiocese of Chicago in a variety of ministry roles, including youth ministry, young adult ministry, and catechesis. He is a graduate of DePaul University and is currently a Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union. He has served as a parish RCIA director, liturgical music minister, retreat director, catechist, and youth minister.


June 8
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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