Article by Phoenix writer Griffin Strauss ’25:
Former Major League Soccer player, now priest, Fr. Hilgenbrink spoke to the young men at KMHS and the men in their lives at the St. Joseph’s Evening of Recollection on May 7.
Fr. Hilgenbrink talked to them about how greatness is a choice, not something that chooses you. Fr. Hilgenbrink also spoke about being a former professional soccer player and sacrificing that to become a priest. In doing so, he deepened his relationship with Christ and chose greatness by truly fulfilling himself.
Boys from all grades along with their fathers also gathered in the auditorium to celebrate Mass with Father Tom Cardone.
Sophomore James Takes said, “The homily was very powerful. It encouraged me to strengthen my bond with my father.”
Following the Mass, the men gathered in the courtyard to socialize and enjoy refreshments, dinner and yard games such as spike ball and cornhole.
Brendan Spear ‘25 said, “I enjoyed meeting my classmates’ fathers and valued reconnecting with my own dad as well.”
St. Joseph’s Evening of Recollection aims to bring together young men at Kellenberg Memorial and their fathers to get closer with each other and Christ, through the example of St. Joseph.
St. Joseph’s Evening of Recollection is held each year. Anyone interested in this event or events similar to this can reach out to the ARK for details.