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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Wow Former Soccer player becomes a Priest and Returns to Fans' Parish as Father Chase
Former famous Soccer player Chase Hilgenbrinck became a Priest and returned to his home fans as their Parish Priest. Priest
Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck was a professional footballer for the Ñublense Football (soccer) team in Chile. He has returned to the Ñublense home town in Chile after nine years.
Fr. Chase is an American, who grew in Chile, and played for the First division team known as Ñublense Football Club in Chile, he played as a professional footballer there for three years and became very popular. Due to a calling to Priesthood he left the Football Club. He was ordained as a priest in 2014,in the diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where he currently serves.
“Everything I learned in sports – such as the sacrifice of training hard, solidarity, working as a team – are things I also have to do in the Christian life. What I experienced in soccer helped me a lot to have all the virtues to lead a good Christian life," Father Chase told the daily Crónica Chillán after Mass.
“When we make a commitment to something important in life everything is going to change. When you get married, life changes. The change isn’t bad, it’s something natural; if we’re not committed, life has no joy or sacrifice to it," he added.
“Although a lot of years have gone by, the people still remember Chase with a lot of affection. The community welcomed him with a lot of joy and gratitude because they had already known him as a lay person, and he actively participated in the Liturgy of the Word at the Sunday Masses," Father Luis Rocha, pastor of San Juan de Dios. SHARE this Inspiring Story maybe you'll bring another young Sportsman to the Priesthood!