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Fr. Craig Vasek
Faculty
Athletics Chaplain
University of Mary

Father Craig Vasek joined the University of Mary in January 2019 as Chaplain for Marauder Athletics. He works full-time with 19 athletic teams and approximately 450 scholar-athletes.

Ordained in 2010 as a priest of the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, Fr. Vasek is a graduate of the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City, having obtained a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 2011 from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas located in Rome, Italy. In 2020, Fr. Vasek earned a Master of Science in Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences of Divine Mercy University in Arlington, Virginia. Having served in multiple churches, Fr. Vasek also served as chaplain to a university and a Catholic high school.

 

Father Vasek has worked extensively with the Missionaries of Charity of Saint Teresa of Calcutta in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. He has produced works on the topics of Scripture and the Spiritual Life, hosts an evangelism ministry through a blog and podcast called Evangelical Disciple, and is a host for various shows on Real Presence Radio.

Published Pieces

A basketball flies through the hoop

Tougher Together

Tim Miles, head coach of the San José State University men's basketball team, offers insights on leadership and the formation of students and athletes.

Tim Miles
Rev. Craig Vasek
Joe Kittell
Mar 3, 2022
Sr. Miriam James Heidland

Restoration from the Heart

Sr. Miriam James Heidland and Fr. Craig Vasek ​discuss prayer, healing, and the restoration Christ offers.

Sr. Miriam James Heidland
Rev. Craig Vasek
Jan 27, 2022
A football helmet in the grass during practice

Snaps. Chutes. Boards. Repeat.

Retired Super Bowl champion Matt Birk speaks on the importance of virtue, commitment, and doing the little things right both in athletics and the life of faith.

Matt Birk
Rev. Craig Vasek
Dec 9, 2021
Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona

Leveraged Arenas and College Athletics

Thomas Wurtz, founder of FOCUS's Varsity Catholic, joined Fr. Craig Vasek to discuss the relationship between athletics, evangelization, and leveraged arenas.

Thomas Wurtz
Rev. Craig Vasek
Oct 14, 2021
A woman running into the mountains

Awe and Admiration

Sabrina Little, PhD, a philosophy instructor at Morehead State University in Kentucky and an elite ultramarathoner, spoke with Fr. Craig Vasek on awe, admiration, and motivation.

Dr. Sabrina Little
Rev. Craig Vasek
Sep 23, 2021
A quaterback preparing to throw in pre-game warmups

Docility, Detachment, and Identity

Retired professional quarterback and football coach Brooks Bollinger joined Fr. Vasek and Coach Craig Bagnell to discuss docility, detachment, and identity in sport.

Brooks Bollinger
Craig Bagnell
Rev. Craig Vasek
Jul 1, 2021
A football in the grass

Football and Faith

Pat McCaskey, VP of Special Projects for the Chicago Bears, discussed his experiences of faith and family, growing up within and eventually working for the Bears' organization.

Pat McCaskey
Rev. Craig Vasek
Jun 3, 2021
A soccer player preparing to kick the ball

Finding God's Greatness

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck, a priest and retired professional soccer player, spoke with Fr. Craig Vasek, Athletics Chaplain of the University of Mary, on virtue, greatness, and sport.

Rev. Chase Hilgenbrinck
Rev. Craig Vasek
Feb 25, 2021