Dublin, Ireland, Jul 10, 2017 / 15:30 pm
Former Irish soccer pro Philip Mulryne was ordained a priest of the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, on Saturday.
Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., an assistant secretary at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ordained him to the priesthood at Dublin's Saint Saviour's Church July 8.
"In a real sense, your experience as an athlete has helped to prepare you for this moment: you have known the meaning of working hard to attain a goal, and now the goal is Christ," Archbishop Di Noia said at the ordination Mass, according to The Irish News.
"Impart to everyone the word of God which you have received with joy," the archbishop continued. "Meditating on the law of the Lord, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practice what you teach."