In what has become an annual tradition, a group of priests and seminarians from the Diocese of Yakima, Washington faced off in an exciting soccer match to help raise funds for seminarian education.
It was a hot 104-degree day, but a huge crowd and many families gathered to enjoy the game as well as food, raffles and a soccer shoot out for kids. At the end of the game, the score was tied 5-5, so the winner was decided by penalty kicks. The priests finally beat the seminarians by one goal and have claimed victory in three out of the four annual games.
Catholic Extension has long supported seminarian education in the Diocese of Yakima, granting $799,000 in the last five years alone. Four Yakima seminarians are currently attending Mundelein Seminary through the Francis Cardinal George STL Scholarship program--more than any other diocese. Last year the diocese participated in Catholic Extension's Seminarian Endowment Challenge, raising $117,444 to get a $50,000 matching grant.
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Bishop Joseph Tyson (far right) joins priests of the diocese for a team photo.
The team of seminarians
A large crowd gathered to watch the match
Priests vs. Seminarians