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Seminarian Trivia Night returns

by Joe Bollig

LEAWOOD — The once-popular Seminarian Trivia Night is returning to St. Michael the Archangel Parish here on May 22.

The game-show format event, which ran from 2013 to 2015, is being reintroduced by the archdiocesan vocations office as a way to raise funds to benefit seminarians, have a bit of fun and offer people — particularly young men — a chance to interact with current archdiocesan seminarians.

“It had a ‘roast your seminarians’ theme, but we’ve gone away from that,” said Father Dan Morris, archdiocesan vocations director.

Father Morris encourages parishes to invite young men so that it might be “something that opens their hearts and minds to a vocation in their own lives.” 

Invitations have already gone out to parishes and college campus centers to form eight-person teams to attend the event, which will be held from 6:15 to 9 p.m.

The way the game works is that each team of eight — with seminarians being the ninth player — will answer a series of questions under various categories, somewhat like “Jeopardy!” The seminarians will rotate among the tables for each round.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m. so teams can decorate their tables. The top team will win a gift card.

The second-place team will also win a gift card. The top-scoring seminarian wins a prize, and a prize also goes to the team with the best-decorated table. Teams are encouraged to create a team name that can be used to decorate their table according to the theme.

There will also be fun “dollar” games and “mulligans” sold to help boost scores during difficult rounds. Soft drinks and sandwiches will be provided, but teams are encouraged to bring their own favorite beverage, dessert or other snacks. 

During halftime, Father Scott Wallisch will give a short tribute of each of the six men being ordained that weekend.

The cost to attend is $300 per table. For information and to register online, click here.

About the author

Joe Bollig

Joe has been with The Leaven since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in journalism. Before entering print journalism he worked in commercial radio. He has worked for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and Sun Publications in Overland Park. During his journalistic career he has covered beats including police, fire, business, features, general assignment and religion. While at The Leaven he has been a writer, photographer and videographer. He has won or shared several Catholic Press Association awards, as well as Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara awards for mission coverage. He graduated with a certification in catechesis from a two-year distance learning program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at Old Oscott, Great Barr, in Birmingham, England.

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