I'm Rooting for the Poker Playing Priest!


Father Andrew TrappHere’s a little secret about me – one of my favorite evening pastimes is watching Poker on television with my wonderful husband – romantic, I know…

That’s why this wonderful story about Poker Playing Priest Fr. Andrew Trapp caught my attention.  I had heard Fr. Trapp on The Catholic Guy show last week, and am so happy to hear that he has already earned $100,000 towards the building fund for St. Michael Church in Garden City, South Carolina.  During this Year for Priests, I think Fr. Trapp’s story is refreshing and inspiring.  Our young men need positive role models of priests who are real people doing real things, and enjoying happy lives.  Please take a few minutes and watch this hilarious video Fr. Trapp put together for his Poker Stars Challenge audition – his Bishop approved both the video and his appearance.  Come December, I’ll be rooting for Fr. Trapp and his parishioners, and in the mean time I’ll be praying for his priestly vocation.


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Lisa,
    My husband and I saw this guy on tv! He seemed so humble! I was happy he won and I too think it’s a great story. Priests are people, cool people! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Now THAT is a secret I would not have guessed. How well do you play (I am terrible so I never play for anything other than Doritos)?

  3. Mark – funny that we don’t actually PLAY much – Greg does a bit with colleagues from the hospital but I don’t. I actually just really like watching the strategies and all of the side stories… maybe when I retire!! LOL!

  4. Lisa, Fr. Trapp is a friend of mine. His parents played in a liturgical ensemble with me and his Sister was in my youth group my first year in ministry!

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