Loyola Ramblers team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, 98, high fives Loyola players,

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98-Year-Old Team Chaplin Prays for Loyola Final Four Win

March 30, 2018 - 6:58 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Praying for a win - does it make a difference?   That question is coming up as we get ready for this weekend's Final Four championship games.

11th seed underdog Loyola Chicago is a Jesuit school that's become the darling of the final four due in part to the vocal support of 98-year-old nun Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, the team's chaplain.

“Good gracious God, help us through this game. We really need your help tonight," she says.

That was the prayer she told CNN she offered before Loyola's big win over Nevada. 

So do Sister Jean's prayers carry more weight than anyone else’s?  One minister who teaches classes on sports and religion tells the AP because God cares about the whole health of a human being, God cares about play, but whether God cares about competitive sports at a professional level, he says, is perhaps a different question.