White Sox Catcher: I Love Praying the Rosary


Meet Tyler Flowers, catcher for the Chicago White Sox.

In a recent interview with the Catholic New World, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the major league baseball player spoke about his devotion to the Blessed Mother.

tflowersI love to pray rosaries, which are very Christ-centered. In fact, Jesus’ name is literally at the center of the Hail Mary. It’s been said that praying the rosary is learning about Jesus at the school of Mary.

When you consider what Jesus said about becoming like a little child in order to enter the kingdom of heaven, it’s easy to see the importance of placing ourselves at the feet of our spiritual mother, Mary.

Everyone knows it’s perfectly normal to see a child with his mother in the natural order, but the same is also true in the spiritual order: Children of God the Father need a mother, and they have one in Mary. When you become more devoted to Mary, you will inevitably become more devoted to Jesus in the Eucharist.


When’s the last time you heard a professional athlete talk like that?

But wait, there’s more.  Although raised Catholic, Flowers admits that it was his high school sweetheart (now his wife) who really brought him deeper into his faith over the last few years.

My siblings and I were raised Catholic, but it has only been in the last five years that I’ve really gotten deeper into what the church has to offer. Even though I went to Catholic schools, it wasn’t until late in the game that I learned about things like eucharistic adoration and the rosary. I had to rely on my wife, Nancy, to introduce me to those things.

Nancy and I went to Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Ga., and since her maiden name is Fiedler, we would always have lockers next to each other in the hallway. This must have been by divine design, because she has made my life better in so many ways.

How great a story is that?

I’ll let you read the whole interview yourself, especially the part about the Flowers’ struggle to conceive, then their decision to commit to frequent confession, eucharistic adoration, and a devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux…and the beautiful result.  Good stuff, here.

A serious Catholic, a committed husband, and a devoted father…

Professional sports could certainly use more role models like Tyler Flowers.

  • John Sposato

    I’m an Orioles fan, but I’ll be rooting for Tyler Flowers. I pray he will be a good role model, one that young baseball fans will want to emulate.

  • Mary

    Catholic Life! This is the way to live! Life is so much more beautiful and peaceful when you live the “true” Catholic Life.

  • Marianne Gervais

    I have just bece a Sox fan!! And if I was a gambling woman, I’d be putting my money on the Sox this year. They won’t lose with this guy and his prayers. What a great articulation of his faith!

  • Maria Olivia Mejorado

    This is so beautiful! I wish there were more athletes like this who are open about their beliefs and devotion to God, who pray, certainly good/great role models, like Kirk Cousins, you. I love players like this. God bless them always.

  • Gary Hawkins

    Praise The Lord! For whoever denies the Lord, will be denied by Him.

  • Jerry Barousse

    You truly a man of God. Our youth neee more sport celebrities like you to look up to. My God bless you and your family.

    • Kevin Masser

      I never really liked the Cubs, as I am from LA. My parish priest sent me the link. I plan to start praying the rosary every day. Keep up the good work, Mr. Flowers!



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