Run for Nuns

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Editor’s Note: I’m very happy to help support a great initiative that promises to encourage and support young women who wish to give their lives in service by pursuing a religious vocation. Please consider a donation and keep all of those involved in Run for Nuns in your prayers! Lisa

Run For Nuns helps fight debt, the vocation killer!

Pittsburgh, PA. – Taking a vow of poverty doesn’t lend itself to paying off college debt.  Priests, seminarians, religious sisters and friends from the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be running on May 15, 2011 in the Pittsburgh Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay as part of their 2nd Annual “Run For Nuns” campaign (seewww.RunForNuns.com), an effort to eliminate the college debt of some young women so they are free to enter Roman Catholic religious communities.

Men and women who enter Religious Life — a way of living in community focused on prayer and service — pledge to live according to the example that Jesus Christ presented in the Gospels.  Because religious live a life of Poverty, they do not own anything or receive a salary.  The young women that the Run For Nuns team is supporting must eliminate their educational debt before they are permitted to fully participate in this way of life.

One of the seminarians, Patrick Caruso, was inspired to start the Run for Nuns campaign last year.  “The world has seen many courageous witnesses to love in the lives of religious sisters such as Mother Theresa,” Caruso said.  “These young women we are trying to help are eager to offer the same selfless service for the rest of their lives.”

“Men and women in our generation are looking for meaning. We desire to make a difference in the world. Religious Life and the Priesthood are really supernatural ways of living, serving our neighbor in need while acknowledging that God is the center of life,” said Sr. Alicia Torres, one of the future sisters who were able to enter religious life through the help of Run For Nuns last year.

This year Run for Nuns will be teaming up with Mater Ecclesiae Fund For Vocations, a 501(c)3 non profit organization which will make donations made on behalf of Run For Nuns to Mater Ecclesiae tax-deductible.  To make a donation, visit www.RunForNuns.com or mail a check payable to ‘Fund For Vocations’ to MEFV, P.O. Box 7433, Falls Church, VA 22040 and write “Run For Nuns” on the ‘For’ line.

Sr. Alicia Torres and Emily Davis, who were able to enter religious life last year through the help of Run For Nuns, will be returning to Pittsburgh to run with the Team.  Davis will accompany three sisters from her religious community, the Franciscan Sisters TOR, who will run the Marathon Relay in their full-habit.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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