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Upcoming Joint Grand Traverse / Detroit JFAN event

Speaker: Fr. Patrick Kelly, SJ

Saturday, August 20, 2022
Omena, Michigan

Speaker Bio:  Father Patrick Kelly, SJ, is associate professor of religious studies at University of Detroit Mercy. A native of the Detroit area, he had a passion for playing sports when young and played three sports in high school as well as football in college.  His first book was Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times (Paulist Press, 2012), about which the prominent social scientist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said, “It would be a great loss if this book were to be read only by historians of religion, because the clarity, vigor and profound knowledge contained in it will inform and fascinate anyone who is interested in the broader context of mind and society where religion evolves.” In addition to many other writings, he subsequently edited the book Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives (Notre Dame Press, 2015). His latest book, Play, Sport and Spirit: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry, will be published by Paulist Press in 2023.  Fr. Kelly’s writings have led him to be invited to work in collaboration with Vatican offices about the topic of sport over the years, including helping to revise the first-ever book length document published by the Catholic Church about sports, “Giving the Best of Yourself”.

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About JFAN Grand Traverse

JFAN–Grand Traverse hosts semiannual events for Jesuit friends and alumni featuring guest speakers who share their experiences with the Jesuits and Ignatian spirituality. The events, which allow for socializing and networking, are held at various Grand Traverse venues with a relaxing atmosphere and food and beverages.

More information about JFAN–Grand Traverse is available here.