In Houston, #RallyNuns could be Astros’ secret weapon at World Series opener


HOUSTON (CNS) – There might be angels in the outfield, but in Space City, the Houston Astros have Dominicans in the stands.

And in a sea of ​​orange and blue clothes, their dazzling white Dominican clothes and black sails stand out.

Nicknamed the “Rally Nuns,” the Dominican Sisters of the Province of Mary Immaculate, a growing congregation of Vietnamese consecrated nuns in Houston, became a viral sensation when they filled the rows at Minute Maid Park for two games in the series. American League Championships in Houston. end of October.

The Astros won both games, helping them topple the Boston Red Sox to clinch their World Series ticket.

The sisters were due to return for the World Series opener against the Atlanta Braves on October 26, thanks to Houston legend Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, a Catholic businessman well known for his charitable work.

Dominican sister Mary Catherine Do, who previously taught at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Houston and now teaches in Shiner, Texas, threw the opening pitch of Game 6 of the ALCS.

She joins an elite list of Galveston-Houston Catholics who took the mound, including Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and his predecessor, retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, as well as a a number of teachers and superintendents of Catholic schools.

While not the first sister to go viral for her launch – reportedly sister Mary Jo Sobieck of Chicago, also a Dominican – Sister Mary Catherine stepped into the limelight to remind the Astros that “this is our moment! “

Dressed in a personalized jersey with the inscription “RALLY NUNS” on the back (it also matched her white dress perfectly), Sister Mary Catherine entered the field, her black rosary swaying with every jovial step.

Crossing near the marble, she pointed a finger at the sky. A few long paces from the pitcher’s mound, she turned and faced the catcher and, after a brief pause – maybe a quick Memorare, prayer asking for Mary’s intercession? – it gave heat to the ball for a successful first floating throw.

Then, in a quick sequence that only a consecrated nun could do, Sister Mary Catherine lifted her glove and her arm outstretched in celebration, pointed her wrist in an ironic reference to the “it’s time” movement to stop- short of Astros Carlos Correa, flipped her veil over her shoulder, then pointed at her congregation in the stands behind her, near where Tal’s Hill once stood. The grassy mound had to give way to a stadium upgrade a few years ago.

Finally pointing skyward again, as the crowd cheered, she slowly walked down the baseline to greet Astros mascot Orbit as the Red Sox and Astros staff slowly filled their canoes.

Although she no longer teaches in the Archdiocese, Sister Mary Catherine teaches at St. Paul’s Catholic High School in Shiner, about two hours from the stadium in downtown Houston. His congregation is well known throughout the archdiocese, active in many catechetical roles and teaching positions in parishes and Catholic schools in the region.

Explaining her post-launch watch pointing celebration move, Sister Mary Catherine told the Houston Chronicle that she “did this because it’s Astros time, it’s our time, it’s her. “.

McIngvale has offered a number of tickets to the sisters for games 1 and 6 of the ALCS. A longtime parishioner of the Assumption Catholic Church in Houston, maven Gallery Furniture has been a strong advocate for Catholic education and its faith.

He supported many Catholic schools and the University of St. Thomas, and attributed his faith to his actions during Hurricane Harvey and other major storms in Houston.

The Dominicans also join the faithful Sisters of the Incarnate Word and of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation that runs the Academy of the Incarnate Word opposite the Minute Maid and next to the Catholic Church of the Annunciation. The sisters are also well known for their dedication and support to the Astros.

Sister Damien Kuhn, a member of the order, had a permanent membership for seat 31 in row 35 of section 116.

Although she passed away in 2010 at the age of 90, Sister Kuhn is a rally sister in Heaven, cheering on the Astros, alongside the Dominican sisters downstairs in Minute Maid Park, who wave their rally towels and hold their rosary.

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Ramos is editor and designer for the Texas Catholic Herald, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston newspaper.

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