MLS Player Retires In Order to Join the Priesthood

It doesn’t say much for your professional league when a player decides to retire from your sport to enter the priesthood.

Chase Hilgenbrinck Jesus

The ASSOCIATED PRESS passes along news that Chase Hilgenbrinck is stepping off the Major League Soccer pitch, and stepping into a seminary.

After spending four years playing in Chile, Hilgenbrinck had signed with the New England Revolution in March. But after a few games at Gillette Stadium, Chase heeded the call to someone even more powerful than Revs & Pats owner Robert Kraft: Read more…

Vatican Soccer Feeder System Just Got a Boost

Chase Hilgenbrinck, a New England Revolution defender, has chosen the priesthood over soccer, leaving the club this week to join a seminary. The 26-year-old will spend the next six years working to become a Roman Catholic priest.

Priests playing soccer

Hilgenbrinck, who played sparingly for the MLS squad and spent time previously in Chile playing professionally, considered the move for years before finally beginning the process last year. We wonder if “team chaplain” would be too obvious for the Church, but we submit the suggestion regardless.
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