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Football player-turned-priest in Milwaukee

– If it’s a Sunday and you see 6-foot-5 and 365-pound Mike Lightner wearing green and gold, you could be forgiven for musing about the Green Bay Packers rather than your own salvation – even if you are in church

You can’t ignore the imposing physical features of the nearly bald and bushy-bearded Lightner, a former college football lineman who could also pass as the leader of a motorcycle gang.

Even with the traditional collar complementing his green-and-gold vestments, the newly ordained Lightner isn’t a typical priest – but it’s because of what he says as well as how he looks.

Lightner says he became a priest after demanding, and receiving, signs from God.

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