Sisters of St. Louis pay up on World Series wager

Sister Rosemary Brennan, right, of the Sisters of St. Joseph from Brighton, presents a baseball to S. Patty Clune, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Louis. The ball inscribed by Sox CEO Larry Lucchino reads: “God is a Red Sox fan.” (Handout)
Sister Rosemary Brennan, right, of the Sisters of St. Joseph from Brighton, presents a baseball to S. Patty Clune, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Louis. The ball inscribed by Sox CEO Larry Lucchino reads: “God is a Red Sox fan.” (Handout)

Casino gambling may be dead in the Commonwealth, but friendly wagering is alive and well among the religious orders. Prior to the World Series, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brighton made a $101 bet with their counterparts in St. Louis that the Red Sox would win. (Fabled Fenway is 101 years old.) Well, the Sox did win, and at a gathering of nuns in Albany over the weekend, the sisters from St. Louis paid up. But that wasn’t enough; the sisters from Brighton also required the sisters from Missouri to recite a new version of an old prayer:

Our Father, who art in Boston Strong,

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Baseball is my name,

Thy will was done,

The World Series was won,

On the field, as it is in the bullpen,

You gave us this win by bat and glove,

You forgave us our errors,

As we forgave those who hit a run against us,

We were not lead to defeat. You helped us beat the reverent Cardinals

In the name of the fans,

Ortiz is the man!

Amen

But the sisters from Brighton did not show up in Albany empty-handed. As a token of their appreciation, they brought with them a baseball inscribed to the Sisters of St. Louis by Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino: “God is a Red Sox fan.”