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Grant Desme, a 23-year-old minor league outfielder in Oakland's system, is retiring from baseball to follow a calling into the Catholic priesthood

OK I am cool with that but why does he have to quit baseball to study? I thought many college kids played sports while they study. Is a priest and a baseball player too much?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:55 PM on Jan. 26, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I know a guy who quit a successful advertising and recording career to become a priest, so maybe the study is too much to have with another career. I haven't even gone back to school for my masters because I'm busy with my mom career right now.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:57 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • I think sometimes they are sent to different places to study, and being on the baseball team I imagine there's traveling involved there too. So it just might be that there's too much to both of them to do together.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:59 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Well, seminary isn' like your normal college. You do take classes, but also need time for prayer, reflection, mentorship, etc. For many in the seminary there isn't even time for a job to pay for it, so it would be impossible to be on a traveling minor league sports team. That's the equivalant of working a full time job with a lot of travel and going to school full time.

    Answer by indymom22 at 9:02 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • im not Catholic, but im pretty sure "going into the priesthood" is nothing like going to college. its a life-changing decision. he is devoting his life to God, so i would think playing baseball for money would be kinda distracting.

    i heard he was called up to by the A's for this next season for spring training...then said he was joining the priesthood. he must have felt a VERY strong calling to leave major league baseball behind!

    Answer by okmanders at 9:39 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Yes, the seminarty is very different than college and a career traveling with baseball team wouldn't fit in. In addition to learning and studying, there are prayers and meditiation and most importantly self-examination. Becoming a Catholic priest is a life-long vocation, much more than a job or a career. I'll keep him in my prayers.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:17 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • While I disagree with alot about the Catholic priesthood, what an awesome man to leave the world he was in and listen to his calling to serve God.

    Answer by WAganma56 at 1:09 AM on Jan. 27, 2010

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