On Saturday, July 12 PJ walked into the doors at CF13S to try a free Saturday class. After a “God bless you”, a few “Have mercy on me”s and a long rest laying face down on the floor after the workout was over Julie wasn’t sure if PJ was hooked or never coming back. The next morning we left for Appalachia with the Assumption Parish youth group, and during mass PJ was nowhere to be found. Looking around the church, Julie said to me, “I don’t see PJ. Do you think I killed him?!” Far from it. Sore, yes, but PJ was off to the races at that point. He worked out with us every day in West Virginia and then joined for an entire year as soon as we got home. And he hasn’t looked back since.
PJ is our priest at Assumption Parish on Maple Ave and despite an incredibly busy schedule is one of the most consistent members we have. With a regularly fluctuating schedule, PJ plugs in a class whenever he can during the day, but never uses his schedule as a reason not to come in and work up a sweat. Known as a cardio machine at CF13S, and someone who frequently runs out the door at the end of the workout, PJ has become a friendly face in class that our community loves having around, telling jokes with and getting smoked by in any mile run.
PJ has progressed with every lift, movement and skill he has tried, but in a very controlled fashion. He knows his limits, and if you dare try to push him beyond those you will hear his now-infamous catchphrase … “Next time.”