Baseball Star Quits to become a Priest

by Steve Ray on January 27, 2010

1_61_desmeNEW YORK —  As a top prospect for the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Grant Desme might’ve gotten the call every minor leaguer wants this spring.

Instead, he believed he had another, higher calling.

Desme announced Friday that he was leaving baseball to enter the priesthood, walking away after a breakout season in which he became MVP of the Arizona Fall League.

“I was doing well at ball. But I really had to get down to the bottom of things,” the 23-year-old Desme said. “I wasn’t at peace with where I was at.”

A lifelong Catholic, Desme thought about becoming a priest for about a year and a half. He kept his path quiet within the sportsworld, and his plan to enter a seminary this summer startled the A’s when he told them Thursday night.

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JACK EVANS January 29, 2010 at 1:04 AM

YOU GO… There are 1.5 Billion people that need another priest and they are praying for you ( no pressure). We need great, young priests and if you have been called to this, we are really excited and waiting for you…

Frank January 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM

It’s wonderful to see young men standing up for Christ. We should applaud them all, Catholic and non-Catholic. In addition to this commited young man, note Tim Tebow doing the pro life ad for the Super Bowl in spite of tremendous pressure. Note Colt McCoy after his disappointing ending to his college career saying publicly(I’m paraphrasing) “I stand on the ROCK…..” This is heartening to see.

Connie January 30, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Bless you. How wonderful to see a young man stand up for God’s Holy Church. You have been chosen, I will always pray for you, what a wonderful gift you have been given.

Valentina February 3, 2010 at 11:45 AM

This article caught my attention. Very interesting to see how a young, base ball star who could have lived a life of wealth and what not, but instead, he choice the life of faith, hope and peace. God Bless him for the path he choice. It’s not often your hear sports stars becoming Priests.

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