STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (CNS) -- Father Timothy J. Hirten, a U.S. Air Force chaplain, was inducted into the Baron Hall of Fame at the Franciscan University of Steubenville Aug. 31.
Established in 1978, the Baron Hall of Fame
honors members of the Franciscan community for outstanding achievement in competition and/or service, dedication, and commitment to the university's athletics.
Father Hirten, who is serves on active duty at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, was recognized for his athletic contribution to the university, where he played basketball from 1971 to 1975.
time as a Baron, which is the university mascot, Father Hirten
scored 1,149 career points and acquired 627 career rebounds, ranking eighth and 11th on the school's all-time list, respectively.
He also was the only athlete in school history to play four different varsity sports, including basketball, baseball, tennis and golf, and he was captain of both the basketball and tennis teams.
In 1975, Father Hirten
was honored as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American honorable mention selection.
Outside of athletics, Father Hirten
majored in political science and was selected as College Man of the Year
Upon graduating, he
went on to play professional basketball on both the national and international levels until 1981.
In 1993, Father Hirten
was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York
As a chaplain ministering to Air Force families, he
serves under the auspices of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services
considers it a privilege to serve the U.S. military.
"I love being a military chaplain," he said in a statement.