Chase Hilgenbrinck, a professional soccer player for the New England Revolution has anounced his retirement as he has decided to study for the priesthood.

This fall hell begin 6 years of study at Mount. St. Marys Seminary in Emmittsburg, Maryland for the Diocese of Peoria in Illinois.

Here are a few of the things Chase said when he announced his retirement

After years of discernment, I feel strongly that the Lord has called me to become a priest in the Catholic Church. Playing professional soccer has been my passion for a long time, and I feel blessed to have successfully lived out this dream. My passion now is to do the will of God, which is wanting only what he wants for me. Though I will miss the game of soccer, I know that I am moving on to something much greater.

I grew up as a Catholic. I was always involved in the Church, went to Catholic schools. It was when I got out on my own that my faith really became mine. I really embraced it.

I looked to strengthen my personal relationship with Christ. And when my personal life started to flourish, I couldnt turn my back on that relationship.

Its not that Im ready to leave soccer. I still have a great passion for the game. I wouldnt leave the game for just any other job. Im moving on for the Lord. I want to do the will of the Lord. I want to do what he wants for me, not what I want to do for myself.

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