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Ordained a priest, former Manchester United footballer's goal is Christ


Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Philip Mulryne OP . Photo credit: Irish Province of the Dominican Order wwwdominicansie 2 CNA

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Dublin, Ireland, Jul 10, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- 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.”

As a Dominican, the new priest has professed vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

He will join the chaplaincy at Newbridge College in Ireland’s County Kildare. He said his first Mass Monday at his home parish of St. Oliver Plunkett Church in the Lenadoon area of Belfast.

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