U.S. Olympian takes her Catholic faith to Tokyo games

Hailing from Isanti, Minnesota, McCallum just recently committed to the University of Utah and will be joining the gymnastics team.

McCallum’s family belongs to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Isanti. They also attend St. Patrick parish in Oak Grove, Minnesota. McCallum’s parents are Sandy and Ed and she has five siblings: Rachael, Madelyn, Joseph, John, and Xavier. 

The McCallum family values the power of prayer. Sandy said that prayer makes a significant difference in Grace’s gymnastics. Sandy said prayer is “one of those areas that we say, ‘Keep her in focus, keep praying’ because it really does make a difference.”

Because of the toughness of the sport, Sandy attests that nothing means more to her daughter than people reaching out saying they are praying for her.

During the 2019 U.S. championships, Grace and her family prayed to St. Philomena, Grace’s confirmation saint. The second day of the championships was August 11, the feast day of St. Philomena.