Here is the official press release for Run for the Call. We are very excited to get this initiative off the ground!
Press Release: Run for the Call is in a Marathon to Increase Priestly Vocations
Run for the Call, a new initiative created by Wayne Topp, the Associate Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, with the support of Fr. Kyle Schnippel, Vocation Director, will be taking a team of runners to the events of the Flying Pig Marathon, May 5-6, 2012, to raise awareness and money for seminarians.
Since 2008, the number of college seminarians within the Archdiocese has risen sharply from 4 to 15! It is the most college seminarians this Archdiocese has seen in nearly 20 years! With these additional seminarians, however, comes additional costs to the Archdiocese. One effect of these financial burdens is that the seminarians are not able to receive as much aid as they had in the past and for the first time this year, two young men needed to request additional assistance in order to enter seminary formation. It was quickly decided that these students would be given loans that would only need to be repaid if the student left formation.
After sitting in on the meeting in which these loans were generously granted, Topp believed there could be a better way to offer these men assistance that (1) wouldn’t put more burden on the Archdiocese and (2) wouldn’t place additional burden on the student if he was to leave the seminary. In thinking about different options to meet these goals, Topp remembered running the Flying Pig Marathon to help raise money for candidates entering a women’s religious order and Run for the Call was born.
Acts 20:24, reminds us to “finish [our] course and the ministry [we] have received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.” Inspired by these words, ten people have already joined the team including six seminarians for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The team is looking for more men and women to join them. Run for the Call also promises to pray for any intention sent to them and are looking for prayer requests, team members, prayer pledges and donations at their website: https://runforthecall.wordpress.com.
Monetary donations are 100% tax deductible and checks can be made out to Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Prayer pledges, prayer requests and donations can be sent to: Vocation Office, c/o Run for the Call, 100 E. Eighth St., Cincinnati,OH 45202.