- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 14, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Chase Hilgenbrinck, Early Retirement, Priesthood
Sometimes you just can’t make up news (or have them made up for you in some cases). But today we learned that one New England Revolution player decided his club was just too damn good and instead retired to join the Catholic seminary in hopes of becoming a priest.
The Revs announced today that defender Chase Hilgenbrinck has decided to leave the club and retire from soccer to enter a Catholic seminary in Maryland to prepare for a new career in the ministry.
“We understand Chase’s decision to retire from soccer and pursue his mission of helping others and we support his desire to make this change in his life.” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “We wish Chase the best and thank him for the service and leadership he provided in his brief tenure with us.”
“After years of discernment, I feel strongly that the Lord has called me to become a priest in the Catholic Church,” Hilgenbrinck said. “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.”
With Hilgenbrinck set to become Father Hilgenbrinck, the Revs have bumped rookie Kheli Dube to the senior roster in place of the now retired defender.
Its always interesting to see a midseason retirement out of a player. More interesting to see one go in this direction. Gotta wish nothing but the best for Chase in his quest to become a priest. I’m sure Dube is excited to get the move to the senior roster in his place.