Let’s Get Together (more often): Monthly Races!

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 11.26.53 AMWe here at Run for the Call have decided it is time to focus, not only on getting together and having a great time at the Flying Pig Marathon each year, but also to join in the fun throughout the year as Run for the Call team members. So, each month, Run for the Call is going to support and promote local races throughout the Archdiocese and, hopefully, our team members will respond by showing up in full force wearing their Run for the Call gear.

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 11.28.45 AMWhile this is late notice, for the month of June we have decided to support the following races:

Saturday, June 14th – Holy Angels 5K in Sidney, OH

Saturday, June 28th- Hyde Park Blast (4 mile run, kids races and bike races – both amateur and professional)

If you have a race you would like us to support and promote, please let us know in the comments or tell us on Facebook. Our hope is to sponsor one in the North, in Dayton and in Cincinnati each month, so your help in finding those races is greatly appreciated!

As always, if you would like to join the team for these monthly races and order a team shirt, just sign up on our website and we’ll do all we can to get your shirt to you before your race!

Seminarian to Compete in 1/2 Ironman

Deacon Ethan Moore, a seminarian who is about to begin his final year of formation before being ordained a priest is about to participate in an entirely different kind of challenge. On Sunday, June 8th, Ethan will be participating in the 1/2 Ironman Competition in Cambridge, Maryland where he hopes to carry the prayers of many faithful and represent the Run for the Call cause!

For the uninitiated, which is probably most of us, a 1/2 Ironman consists of 1.2 mile swim in the ocean, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 miles of running for a total of 70.3 miles of competition! Deacon Ethan (or D to the E as he is referred to on the street) has been training for this for nearly a full year and is still not entirely sure he is ready: “This is all new to me as well, I’m excited and just a little bit overwhelmed, little bit.”

Deacon Moore has reached out to us in hopes that we can get a swarm of people praying for him and donating to the aid of his brother seminarians as he finishes his training and competes in the race. However, he’d also like us to send intentions to him that he can carry with him throughout the long grueling race. He says, so far his training has gone well, but “a big key is being able to fuel as you go so eating and drinking the right stuff and the right amount while you are racing, its a science like biology (which I really wasn’t that good at) but with God’s grace it will all happen.”

Together, let us help D to the E “bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24) as he carries the name of Run for the Call and all our prayer intentions with him. To support Ethan, please consider donating in his honor (simply put “For Deacon Ethan” in the comment box), becoming a prayer warrior, or sending prayer intentions to us to pass along to him. With each prayer intention, we ask that you also promise to pray for Deacon Moore and his brother seminarians on June 8th or anytime between now and then.



Final (Very Exciting) Numbers

Sunday Team PhotoIt has now been almost two weeks since the glorious Flying Pig Marathon weekend and the numbers are in. With almost 60 runners on our team, we were able to raise nearly $3000 for our seminarians this year for a grand total of $23000 over the past three years! Thank you so much for your generosity, your sacrifice and your prayers!

In addition to that, thanks to your prayers and the increased awareness for the need to discern and chase after our vocation, the number of seminarians studying for the Archdiocese starting in the Fall will be 54! That is more than this Archdiocese has seen in at least three decades!

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Additionally, the Athenaeum/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West has announced that, if all anticipated candidates arrive this Fall, its building will be filled to capacity!!That is, there will be a total of 68 seminarians preparing to be priests for numerous diocese across the nation! While it is certainly true that we cannot attribute this increase to the Run for the Call cause, nor to any of our efforts, really, the Lord is hearing our prayers and more young men are opening their hearts to God’s will for their lives. May we all be so bold in following our vocations!

If you have not had the opportunity to donate to our cause, we will be accepting donations for this year’s fund through May 31. With your help we would love to reach a goal of $5000. Please prayerfully consider supporting our seminarians in this way.

Let the Fun Begin!

let it beginMonths of training and planning and organizing and communicating are finally at their end and the fun is about to begin! Today marks the start of Flying Pig Weekend filled with all the excitement and positive energy that only a Marathon weekend can generate!
All weather predictions are pointing to one of the most perfect Flying Pig weekends in many years with highs in the upper 60s-lower 70s and sunshine, you couldn’t ask for better running weather. And for spectators iweekend weathert will be great to be able just to wear a light jacket and not have to carry around that awkward umbrella we’ve been so accustomed to over the past 4 years!

joyful witnessFor the Run for the Call team, this weekend marks an even more exciting time. Not only do we get to join in the fun of the entire weekend, but also we get to witness to the joy of being disciples of Jesus Christ who are ready and willing to do His will. We get to witness to the awesome privilege it is to know that we are all children of God, called by God to a life of greatness! Because that is what it means to chase our vocation; when we chase our vocation we are striving for Greatness, for Holiness, for Sainthood! And we do this all this weekend knowing we have the support of so many of our friends and family who are at home praying for our cause.

So, yes, let the fun begin and may our witness truly touch the lives of many of the thousands of men and women whom we meet along the way! And may our efforts truly be felt by the seminarians whom we support directly!

Things are Ramping Up!

you can helpWe are now just 8 days away from the long awaited Flying Pig Marathon weekend! I can hardly wait (and yet I’m VERY glad there is still a little time to get some miles in)! In addition to the last minute training opportunities, these last 8 days give us the opportunity to ramp up our final push for raising funds for our seminarians.

Over the last several months, we have been hesitant to mention the need for funds for our seminarians. We have emphasized the greater importance of influencing our Catholic culture to become more vocation-oriented. After all, a vocation-oriented culture is one that is supportive of our men in the seminary and one that supports men and women as they struggle with the call God has placed on their hearts to enter religious life or the seminary or to enter fully into the sacrament of marriage. A vocation-oriented culture also is generous to the men and women who need financial support to continue following their divine call and until together we can create such a culture, we begin with us.

So, over the next 8 days, I ask that you please prayerfully consider donating generously to the Run for the Call cause. There are three great ways to do that:

  1. Donate directly through our website
  2. Donate by purchasing Piggest Raffle Tickets
  3. Donate by making a pledge for one of our Run-a-thon participants

prayer warriorIf you are not able to support us financially this year or at this time, we are also in great need of more prayer warriors who can commit to praying for Run for the Call and our seminarians at least once a week and, starting today, once a day for the next 8 days.

Thank you in advance for your great support!

Extension Granted!!

You asked for a little more time to decide which race you can run on Flying Pig Marathon weekend, and the people at the Flying Pig Marathon listened!!

wowGreat news! The time to sign up for our team has been extended all the way to Friday, May 2nd! So, if you have had cold feet or have been uncertain about which race you wanted to enter, it is not too late to sign up as a member of the Run for the Call team and still get the absolute best price for your race (that is, you get the same price as those who signed up back in October before any price increases). So, click on the Join the Team tab above and tell us how far you will be “chasing after your vocation!”

Today We Remember

It is amazing how fast time flies and how many things we tend to forget, but today is a day of importance for runners all across the US and in a very special way for us here at Run for the Call.

BostonStrongRibbonAs you probably have already seen in many places on Facebook and Twitter, today marks the memorial of the bombing of the Boston Marathon just one year ago. It was a sad and frightening day that quickly turned into a moment of inspiration. Like the moment of that long run when you think you just can’t go any farther, and then you do, this moment only made the running world that much stronger. Let us pray for the victims of the bombings and let us pray for the bombers.

Robert dillerAlso, today, marks the anniversary of the death of Mr. Robert Diller, the man whose suffering and death inspired so many. Because of his willingness to offer his suffering for the greater good of others, his family and friends were able to raise over $3000 for the seminarians of the Archdiocese in our first year as an organization. These words were written by his daughter today:

“Though I thought I had toiled in vain and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, yet my reward is with the Lord…It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant…I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth” Isaiah 49:4,6

Two years ago on Monday of Holy week one of the most holy and humble men I knew left this earth. I miss my dad every day, but remember what he taught us. He suffered intensely, and with such a joy. Today I challenge you to tie your sufferings and toils to the cross and be a light to the nations for God just like my dad.

Thank you, Robert, for teaching us what it means to be a disciple of Christ!