Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pro Pitcher to Become Priest
Drafted by God

Grant Desme, 23, an Oakland A's prospect, is leaving professional baseball to enter the seminary. A cradle Catholic, Desme said he has been considering the priesthood for over a year.

His next training camp will be at St. Michael's Abbey in Orange County, Califronia, run by the Norbertine order. (Good news: the Norbertines are trained to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass as well as the New Order.)

Desme was a second-round pick in the 2007 draft after being selected as Big West Player of the Year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was the MVP in the 2009 Arizona Fall League and considered one of the top prospects for the Athletics.

Desme said his 2008 injuries, which kept him out of most the season, were a blessing in disguise. “My injuries, I would say, have been the biggest blessing God’s ever given me. For my entire life, I’ve defined myself as a baseball player, and in a way it’s been an idol. When it was taken, it was an eye-opener."
I just saw the following over that Fr. Zulsdorf's "What Does The Prayer Really Say" blog. I guess we can assume the future (we pray) Father Desme will be a proponent of the Extraordinary Form (funny how the Latin Mass has this ability to generate vocations!).

I had this note from a priest friend and sometime poster
here at WDTPRS who knows him:
What you may not know is that the young man, Grant Desme,
is from the Latin Mass community of San Clemente in Bakersfield. What you also may not know is that he served Latin Mass for you and for me (he would have been 7th-8th grade when you were in Bakersfield, and was a high schooler during my time there).


Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

The only problem I see is Orange County is in Bp. Todd Brown's canonical territory--Barney the purple dinosaur masses, haloween mass with EMHC in costume distributing Holy Communion, the bishop declaring Catholics who need for Holy Communion committing a mortal sin, and other stuff too.

If the seminary is run by Norbertines, I wonder if he will enter the Norbertine order?

6:08 PM  
Blogger bobw45 said...

I read in Father Z's blog that he is from the latin Mass community at San Clemente, in Bakersfield, Ca.

7:16 AM  
Blogger JLS said...

The Abby is Norbertine; it also hosts a start up order, Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, which says only the TLM and was kicked into gear by Abp Burke. These CNJ monks sported full on tonsures when I first saw them. What impressed me significantly about them was there immediate presense ... intantaneous open and direct with great attitude. I didn't see any "hold back" kind of reticence or posturing. What I saw was refreshing.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Sadly, he looks like he'll be a "Father What-a-Waste"...Love, the Caveman's Daughter

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I the temporal realm, yes, you are right, absolutely. but Catholics have this weird habit of looking at things in a temporal AND supernatural way. Forgive us.

7:18 PM  

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