Pastor remains Seahawks fan after long ministry to team’s Catholics

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December 30, 2014

Seattle Seahawks priest steps down and becomes pastor at Vancover parish

Father Tom Belleque poses at the Seattle Seahawks’ Virginia Mason Athletic Center this summer. Father Belleque’s celebration of Mass for the team ended in July when he became pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Vancouver, Washington. (CNS photo/Corky Trewin, Seattle Seahawks)

SEATTLE (CNS) — When the Seattle Seahawks step onto CenturyLink Field, the fervor of the “12th Man” may cause small earthquakes. But for 12 years, Father Tom Belleque made sure the team’s Catholic members also had the force of their faith with them on the field.

That’s because Father Belleque celebrated Mass for Catholic Seahawks players and coaches the night before every home game. “When I first went in I thought, ‘Oh, I can work that into my schedule, a Mass,'” he recalled of juggling being pastor of St. Louise Parish in Bellevue, Washington, with the Seahawks commitment.

He found that the role had an impact far beyond that.

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