|Clockwise from top left: Mary Sarah Ivers, Tammy Grady, Yvonne Fontaine, Karen Wilhoite.|
Denver, Colorado, Oct. 11, 2010 – Runners will be lacing
up their running shoes next week in hopes of encouraging
prayer and awareness for vocations. Four of the runners are members
of Regnum Christi.
The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of
Denver is sponsoring the inaugural “Run 4 Vocations” on October
17, 2010. The event will be a marathon relay, according
to The Denver Catholic Register. Teams of four will be
competing in a 26.2 mile race in four pre-determined segments
ranging from 9.7 miles to 3.2 miles.
Runners are not
asking for financial contributions. They are requesting supporters to make prayer
pledges “for an increase in vocations to holy orders and
the consecrated life” for the archdiocese.
The “RC Runners” team includes:
Karen Wilhoite, Mary Sarah Ivers, Tammy Grady, and Yvonne Fontaine. Ivers
has been a Challenge team leader for three years, and
has participated in several national and international mission programs. Fontaine
has been a RC consecrated woman for four years, and
is currently working in Dallas Texas, with Youth Programs and
also spends about a week each month in Denver, doing
the same. Wilhoite is a mother of three who describes
herself as an “avid gym rat who has been active
in sports” most of her life.
Grady has been a Regnum
Christi consecrated woman for 15 years, presently living and involved
in ministry work in Dallas but she also travels to
Denver on a monthly basis to work with the youth
involved in RC Youth programs. She said she is not
necessarily in this race to win.
“I am running for basically two
reasons. I love running, really any sports for that matter.
But I also want to promote and support vocations. Hopefully,
this race will help the youth to see that those
who are called by God to the consecrated life or
priesthood are normal people who love God and life!”
can pledge prayers at the following link: www.Priest4Christ.com. Click
the “prayer pledges” tab.
The Denver Register suggested the following
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God, our Father, we turn to you in
this time of great need. We trust in your loving
kindness and ask you to hear the prayers we offer
for your Church.
Bless the Church with many men and women
willing to generously offer their lives to you in holy
orders and consecrated life. You inspire and bring to fulfillment every
good intention. Bless and guide those who are discerning your call
to holiness and service. Give them courage, steadfast love and a
spirit of charity as they seek to respond faithfully to
We offer this prayer for the Archdiocese of Denver
and for the whole Church in the name of your
Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.
near the Denver Archdiocese can still sign up to participate
in the run at: www.denvercompetitor.com/relay.