Ave Maria! On Saturday evening, we ran 15 miles, not only as part of official 10/10/2010 Chicago Marathon training, but also in honor of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It was a beautiful run, 10 miles of which were along the Lake Front Trail. Stephanie, who was an NCAA track and cross country runner, has become my training partner, which is such a gift. She moved to the Mission about 2 weeks ago, and is so excited to take the first steps toward religious life as a Franciscan Sister. It is awesome to have Stephanie’s running company, especially as the miles tally up.
The first week of August was such a joy here at the Mission–we had two young men from Montana visiting, as well as Patrick, the seminarian from Pittsburgh who founded Run for Nuns. Patrick was such a joyful presence, and joined me on all my training runs–even the 7 miler at 4:30 a.m., during his stay. We were able to visit Marytown, the national shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, while he was hear, and fit in a 10 mile training run along the Lake Front Trail which accidentally became nearly 12 miles! The epic run ended as fireworks exploded at Navy Pier. Keep Patrick and all the seminarians around the country in your prayers, as they are beginning their studies once again. May God bless them for their generous hearts!
I have some exciting news! My debt is officially down to:
Praise God! There is even better news…Mike Mangione and the Union have agreed to play a benefit concert to help raise funds for the Mission and for vocations…so this will directly assist me. What a gift! If you are in the Chicagoland area, please come out for a fantastic concert:
Mike Mangione and the Union Benefit Concert
Thursday Sept. 9, 2010
Concert Time: 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Venue: St. Stanislaus School Gym, 1255 N. Noble St., Chicago, IL
Please click on the button that says “OLA Benefit Concert” for more details and to order your tickets. Mike is a Catholic artist from the Midwest who’s mainstream music is imbued with themes of love, mercy and redemption. It is such an honor to receive his help. Please pray for the success of this benefit concert, and spread the word near and far!
Please know that you are daily in my prayers and lifted up on our runs. It is an honor to have your prayers and support…we are so close. May the Virgin Mary intercede for you and all your loved ones. God bless!