There's a revolution going on in the soul and psyche of professional soccer player Chase Hilgenbrinck--he now has a new goal in life: to become a priest. He recently left the New England Revolution to enter seminary.
Says Hilgenbrink: "I felt called to something greater...at one time I thought that call might be professional soccer. In the past few years, I found my soul is hungry for something else....I discerned, through prayer, that it was calling me to the Catholic Church. I do not want this call to pass me by."
Read the full story here.
The topic of sports and religion has recently been the subject of considerable academic inquiry. My colleague over at the Religion and American History blog, Art Remillard--an avid runner--has brought attention to the topic with his posts on golf, and sports-in-general, where he highlights books such as Playing with God, O God of Players, and The Holy Trinity of American Sports. Art also highlighted recent work that considers some water-based sports as religion.
Closer to home there's the book Pigskin Pulpit, a study of Texas high school football written by a former professor of mine. Finally, there's even religious dimensions to sports in Houston--as this Sports Off Center clip suggests.
Any anecdotal stories that illustrate sport-as-religion, or any thoughts to offer about religion and sports?