Seminarians and priests faced off in an annual match in Yakima, Washington.

Seminarians vs Priests

Friendly soccer match raises money for seminarian education

On Sunday, August 7th, more than 400 spectators gathered for the fourth annual Priests vs Seminarians Soccer Match at Marquette Stadium in Yakima, Washington.

“We won, 6-2,” Bishop Joseph J. Tyson told the Yakima Herald with wonder. “I had never played a complete soccer game in my life until I became Bishop of Yakima.”

“The rumor was they let the priests win because they were worried about how they would be treated by their future bosses,” he joked.

Although the priests won the friendly match handily, in the end it will be the seminarians who will benefit from the event. The $4,300 raised by the event will support seminarian education in the diocese.

Catholic Extension has long supported seminarian education in the Diocese of Yakima, granting $917,000 in the last five years alone. Six Yakima seminarians are currently attending Mundelein Seminary through the Francis Cardinal George STL Scholarship program — more than any other diocese. In 2014 the diocese also participated in Catholic Extension’s Seminarian Endowment Challenge, raising $117,444 and receiving $50,000 matching grant, all designated toward long-term endowments for seminarian education.

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The priests bow their heads in prayer before the game.
Sr. Isabel, Sr. Irma and Sr. Blanca cheer on children who purchased a ticket to make goal shots. The sisters are from Misioneras Trabajadoras Sociales de la Iglesia in Mexico and part of Catholic Extension’s US-Latin American Sisters Exchange Program.
A crowd of over 400 people gathered to watch the soccer match.