Rugby Club Promotes Faith and Fellowship
The founders of Arrows RFC saw an opportunity in the rugby community. Rugby already promotes fellowship between teams. Why not use the opportunity to promote Faith.
Houston has a vibrant Catholic Community with almost 1.8 million parishioners attending 146 parishes in the 8800 square mile Diocese of Galveston Houston. The community spans 10 counties and boasts 10 Catholic High Schools, 44 elementary schools and a University. Now it also has a Catholic Rugby Club.
The Arrows mission statement calls them a “Catholic community with the purpose of forming men in Christian virtue through competitive rugby.” Their motto emblazoned on their shield “In Hoc Signo Vinces.” “In This Sign You Will Conquer,” featuring arrows with the Chi Rho symbol popularized by Emperor Constantine I in the 300’s AD. They go on to state: “Arrows RFC is Houston’s only Catholic Men’s Rugby Club. Our club is open to players of all faiths. We are focused not only playing rugby but growing in our Faith along the way. Part of the Arrows Mission is to foster a family-friendly rugby environment so that people of all ages can enjoy the sport of rugby.”
The Arrows are members of the Texas Rugby Union and Their Men’s team competes in the Division III Red River Rugby Conference.
In February of this year the Arrows took on a new challenge. Establishment of a Schoolboys side. After discussions with St. Thomas High School Head Rugby Coach Jim Wolfinger, the Arrows will assemble a team from around the area to play a campaign schedule by hosting touring teams as well as working on touring in the future. The Arrows have charged Head Coach Brett Mills with the task of leading the unit in their first appearance. He will be assisted by current Arrows Paul Passino, Brian Monks Arthur Hernandez and Josh Ritchey.
The Schoolboys will host their first opponent on April 2 at St. Pius X High School at 5 PM. The Fordham Prep Rams will travel to Texas to initiate the schoolboys. Fordham prep was founded in 1841 in the Bronx and is a Boys Jesuit school with a longstanding rugby tradition under Coach Jerry Wolf, the Director of Rugby Operations.
More info on this event can be found at: www.arrowsrugby.com/schoolboysmatch
We will be publishing more on this event over the next few days.