20 Years of the Father Pat O’Malley Invitational Basketball Tournament

The annual tournament involves more than 15 seminaries coming together for a weekend of basketball games, music from pep bands, community meals, the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Mass, and an unparalleled opportunity for fraternity among seminarians from diverse backgrounds.

While current conditions forced the cancellation of the 2021 tournament, you can read more about this wonderful tradition and enjoy the photos below from the last five years.

“Everything is touched with glory because of Christ.”

In 2014, Spirit Juice Studios and Word on Fire produced this short film using footage from the basketball tournament and interviews with Mundelein seminarians who are now serving as alumni priests in parishes across the country.

“Everything we do in Christ, whether it be eating breakfast, playing basketball, or celebrating the Mass–everything is touched with glory because of Christ. If you are a priest, that is your vocation. That is your calling. That’s who you are.”

Father Connor Danstrom ’14 (Archdiocese of Chicago)