Here’s a great story shared by Gretchen Filz about the Catholic priest — Father Joe Mulligan — who will be going with the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, making sure the Catholic players on the team have the gift of the Sunday Mass, and being their spiritual chaplain throughout the experience. Gretchen shared the story, as reported by Charlotte’s Catholic News Herald:
CHARLOTTE — Father Joe Mulligan, a warm-hearted, gregarious Irish priest with 40 years of ministering to people in the Diocese of Charlotte, is seldom at a loss for words. But a phone call one week ago left him speechless.
That phone call came from the Carolina Panthers’ director of Player Engagement, Mark Carrier, who told Father Joe that the Panthers’ Catholic players had chosen him to go to Super Bowl 50 as their chaplain. Carrier said, the players were inviting Father Joe to accompany them on their historic trip to the Big Game in Santa Clara, California, and would Father Joe like to go?
Father Mulligan replied, “It’s a good thing I’m sitting down. As a person that usually has a lot of things to say, I’m just filled with gratitude and overjoyed to be able to go.”
“That was as much as I could get out,” he recalls.