By Seth Gonzales
The Texas Catholic
RICHARDSON — Recalling the importance of teamwork, commitment and selfless giving, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and pro football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach delivered the keynote address during the 4th Annual Breakfast with the Bishop at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Richardson on Oct. 9.
Auxiliary Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel was on hand for the event, which benefited Catholic Charities of Dallas and was hosted by the Archangels Men’s Network.
Only days removed from his encounter with Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to the United States, Bishop Deshotel said support of Catholic Charities dovetails perfectly into the Holy Father’s message of bringing God’s love to the least among us.
“Catholic Charities is a concrete expression of God’s love,” Bishop Deshotel said. “It’s evangelization. It’s teaching the Gospel, whether it be to the senior citizens that are served at the Brady Center, at our immigration services, at Santa Clara, all of those agencies of Catholic Charities show forth the love of God in the work that they do.”
The bishop thanked the more than 420 attendees for their presence and support of Catholic Charities and encouraged them to seek new ways to serve the poor in their communities.
A visible presence in the Dallas Catholic community and enthusiastic supporter of Catholic Charities of Dallas, Staubach took the podium and echoed Bishop Deshotel’s message of selflessly giving time, talent and treasure to others.
“There are some great human beings out there that need our help,” Staubach said. “To be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes is what life is all about. That’s what my faith has taught me. That’s what the Catholic Church has taught me.”
Weaving stories of his playing days with the Dallas Cowboys, Staubach emphasized the importance of placing the right people in the right places to achieving any goal, an element he said stood out during the team’s march toward the Super Bowl during the 1971 season.
“Catholic Charities represents the best of things that have meant a lot to me.” Staubach said.
Joe Hogan, president and co-founder of the Archangels Men’s Network said the breakfast was started as a way to advance the group’s mission, which is, essentially, to serve the servants of the needy.
“We just find little spots where we can help out,” Hogan said. “Our view of it is that Catholic Charities gives people that one inch that they need to move on and keep going forward. And our job is to help Catholic Charities give those people that one inch.”