March 23, 2018

Former Colt Joe Reitz to speak at Spirit of Service Awards dinner

Criterion staff report

Former Indianapolis Colts’ player Joe ReitzFormer Indianapolis Colts’ player Joe Reitz will be the featured speaker at the archdiocese’s 20th annual Spirit of Service Awards Dinner in Indianapolis on April 24.

Reitz’ Catholic faith—and service to others—is at the heart of his life with his wife Jill and their four children.

“My first responsibility is to God, to be a loving and servant Christian,” Reitz says.

He and Jill participate in marriage preparation classes and other service projects at their parish— Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Carmel, Ind., in the Lafayette Diocese.

He also volunteers his time at sports camps at area churches, speaks to Christian groups around the area, and is active in the All-Pro Dad organization, which stresses a father’s commitment to his children.

The Spirit of Service Awards Dinner will benefit and celebrate the efforts of Catholic Charities Indianapolis to help people in need. It’s also an opportunity for the business, community and social services leaders to support Catholic Charities as it continues to improve the community of central Indiana by providing services to the poor and vulnerable.

The event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

Tables for eight can be purchased at three sponsorship levels: $10,000 for a benefactor, $5,000 for a patron, and $2,000 for a partner.

In 2017, Catholic Charities Indianapolis served about 75,000 people.

(For more information or to make table reservations for the Spirit of Service Awards Dinner, contact Valerie Bendel at 317-592-4072 or send an e-mail to her at

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