Benefit Concert Bonus: Spartan Race GIVEAWAY

Run for the Call has always been and will continue to be about spreading the message about vocations; it’s about spreading the message that each of us has been formed by God for a specific purpose and we are called to fulfill that purpose. Therefore, we must chase after that purpose with all of our being. We must seek it and follow it every day. Running, and the training that running involves, is a perfect metaphor for that journey. Just think about the number of times we hear about “running the race,” “finishing the race,” “competing so as to win,” all throughout St. Paul’s letters especially.  Running involves training, discipline, perseverance, determination, sacrifice and a lot of suffering, all of which lead us to grow and eventually reach our goals. In much the same way, our spiritual lives require the use of all those virtues and all, with God’s grace, will help us arrive at our ultimate goal of Heaven.

Just yesterday I was sent an invitation to join in one of the most popular outdoor races in the world, the Spartan Race. For anyone who has not heard of the Spartan Race, here is a little sneak peek:

As you can see, these races involve a lot more than just running; these races take on a whole new level of sacrifice and suffering and you can win the opportunity to join in for FREE! You can win the opportunity to offer all that suffering and sacrifice for the seminarians studying for our Archdiocese and for the fulfillment of your own vocation! What an opportunity and you only have to do three simple things:

  1. share the Celtic Benefit Concert information with all your friends (whether by social media or in person or as an announcement at your parish),
  2. come to the Celtic Benefit Concert, and
  3. put your name in the Spartan Race jar!

Spartan Race CruiseIn addition to the opportunity to win an entrance into any open heat Spartan Race in the continental US, the people at Spartan Race want to give you the opportunity to win one of 2 all inclusive trips for 2 to the Spartan CRUISE happening March 6-9, 2015 on Norwegian Cruise ship, Sky. In addition to the Sprint Spartan Race, the three day cruise will include a full day at Great Stirrup Cay and all the usual great cruise amenities you would expect from the Norwegian Cruise line. All you have to do to enter this Sweepstakes is go to this website and enter your information:

For those who may be hesitant because you wouldn’t want to leave your children behind, their cruise tickets are FREE for this trip, too. (Though you would have to pay for flight and other fees associated with cruise travel). So, put your name in the drawing and get training and while you train, pray for our seminarians and chase after your vocation!

It’s a CELTIC Benefit Concert!

Sons o' Blarney screen shotAfter a couple of very exciting days of planning and booking, it seems we are going to have ourselves not just any old benefit concert but a CELTIC Benefit Concert. On Saturday, September 27th, the same day we hope to send many Run for the Call members to join in the Inaugural Grand Lake St. Mary’s Marathon, from 6-11pm, we will fill the Meyer Center at St. Susanna Catholic Church in Mason, OH with the sounds of the Green Island country. 

The night will begin with the Sons O’ Blarney getting the crowd going and up on their feet. This band knows how to have fun and is sure to be a real treat for those who haven’t experienced their style here in Cincinnati! 

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 3.30.34 PMAfter that, it is our hope to welcome the McGing Academy of Irish Dance to do an Irish dance presentation and get the crowd into a traditional Irish square dance! 

The evening will come to a close to the music of one of Cincinnati’s most popular Irish groups, Easter Rising. 

So, it’s Irish night at the Meyer Center and it all goes to benefit the mission of Run for the Call and our great seminarians! 

Oh, and don’t forget, your $10 admission comes with an entry into the Piggest Raffle Ever at the Flying Pig Marathon and you’ll have the opportunity to Spiritually Adopt one of our Seminarians and join the Run for the Call team that night as well! Don’t miss the excitement!

Grand Lake St Mary’s or Bust!

MARATHON-LOGODo you miss all the fun and excitement of the flying pig last year? Is the next race just too far away?! Well, then we have some great news for you. Celina will be hosting the first inaugural Grand Lake St. Mary’s Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10k and 5k on Saturday, September 27th.

Come join others in representing Run For The Call. Pick your race, email a request to get your t-shirt, and then proclaim with us the truth that every person has a vocation worth chasing after!

See at the races!

Benefit Concert happening September 27th!

Mark your calendars now for the first ever Run for the Call Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 27th to help raise money for our seminarian assistance fund. The concert will take place at the Meyer Center at St. Susanna Catholic Church in Mason, OH and will feature one of the most popular Irish Folk bands in the Greater Cincinnati Area, Easter Rising.

easter rising bandLed by Lucas Hennessey, Easter Rising came together a number of years ago when a group of friends joined together their love of music and faith. From their website:

To the band, good music takes a moral stand for beauty, authenticity and solidarity. It is a rejection of radical autonomy in favor of radical communio. Good music is not about who can play the fastest or the best. Music is more than a hobby. In its truest form, music becomes an opportunity for gathering, sharing, and growing in our lives with each other – or in other words, Communio. We hope you come share in our experience!

Along with Easter Rising, we are working on bringing in other musicians to fill out the evening which will begin at 6:00 pm and run until 11:00 pm.

The final details are still in the works, but mark your calendars now and tell your friends, too. This is going to be a fantastic night!

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.