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Tehama County monk once a promising baseball player

By Mike Mangas
Published On: Aug 02 2013 08:23:36 PM CDT
VINA, Calif. -

He might have been a major league player but Pierre Lapointe had a higher calling. Since the early 1950s, he has been called 'Brother Pierre'.

Lapointe is a monk at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, the home of the Sacred Stones Chapter House project.

Like the other monks, Brother Pierre works to support himself and the sprawling monastery in Tehama County. He grew up in Detroit, earning a baseball scholarship to Michigan State University as a left-handed pitcher.

But in 1952, after his sophomore season, Lapointe visited a monastery in Kentucky and realized God was calling him.

He has been a monk for 60 years, but a baseball fan for even longer.