Parish priest is announcer for minor league team

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa pastor has two congregations — the parishioners at his church and the fans at Sioux City's minor league baseball park.

When he's not in the pulpit preaching at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Father Craig Collison is rallying the faithful in the bleachers. He's been the Sioux City Explorers' public address announcer for the last 10 years.

Collison tells The Catholic Globe it's less a calling for him than an enjoyable hobby, and he always puts ministry first.

But Collison says when fans see their stadium announcer wearing a priest's collar, they usually "get a big kick out of it."

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272-w-33-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Father Craig Collison, Catholic priest and baseball public address announcer)--An Iowa pastor has two congregations - the parishioners at his Roman Catholic church and the fans at Sioux City's minor league baseball park. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (16 Jul 2014)

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273-r-13-(Father Craig Collison, Catholic priest and baseball public address announcer, rallying fans at Sioux City's ballpark)-"Sioux City Explorers (applause fades)"-Sound of Father Craig Collison rallying fans of Sioux City's baseball team. COURTESY: The Catholic Globe ((Mandatory on-air credit)) (16 Jul 2014)

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274-a-12-(Father Craig Collison, Catholic priest and baseball public address announcer, in interview)-"Explorers baseball team"-Father Craig Collison says he's known for two things in his Iowa town. COURTESY: The Catholic Globe ((Mandatory on-air credit)) (16 Jul 2014)

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276-a-06-(Father Craig Collison, Catholic priest and baseball public address announcer, in interview)-"always comes first"-Father Craig Collison says announcing baseball games is an enjoyable hobby. COURTESY: The Catholic Globe ((Mandatory on-air credit)) (16 Jul 2014)

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275-a-04-(Father Craig Collison, Catholic priest and baseball public address announcer, in interview)-"be a calling"-Father Craig Collison says he's been the public announcer for Sioux City Explorers home games for the past 10 years. COURTESY: The Catholic Globe ((Mandatory on-air credit)) (16 Jul 2014)

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