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Running for the Priesthood
Fr. Daniel Pajerski, LC, to compete in the Boston Marathon and raise funds for Legion of Christ seminarians

Boston Marathon

It started as a way to keep in shape. 

Fr. Daniel Pajerski LC, formation director at Everest Collegiate High School and Academy in Clarkston, Michigan, has been running for 15 years, not only to keep his body healthy, but his soul. “Staying in shape helps with my mental clarity and gives me more energy to pray and contribute to my priestly mission,” he said

Last year, Fr Daniel competed in the Chicago Marathon, in which he placed among the top 4 percent of competitors.  His impressive performance qualified him for a coveted spot in the Boston Marathon. 

He will be running in the marathon April 15, 2013, but he is not running to win accolades for himself.  He is hoping to garner financial support for his fellow brothers studying to be Legionary priests at their seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut.

“God has given everyone different talents and if I can
Fr. Daniel with Chicago marathon medal
In Chicago, Fr. Daniel finished 1532 out of the 37,455 runners.
use running to promote the priesthood, I figured the Boston marathon would be an excellent way to do it,” said Fr. Daniel.

He has been a runner since 1997, three years after being ordained to the Legion of Christ. He encourages anyone who would like to contribute to his cause to make a pledge, per mile (the Boston marathon is 26.2 miles) or in a lump sum.  Click here for details on how to make a pledge. 

“My heartfelt thanks go out to anyone who can help out,” said Fr. Daniel. “God bless you!”

In Chicago, Fr. Daniel finished 1532 out of the 37,455 runners who completed the race. The event was providentially held on October 7, 2012.  The date was not only the 8th anniversary of Father’s ordination as a Deacon in the Legion of Christ, but also the date of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. “Mary was a big part of the success,” he said.

He ran that marathon in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 29 seconds.  In Boston, his “dream goal,” as he calls it, is to finish in less than 3 hours.

He has been in training for the Boston Marathon since December, 2012, running for about an hour a day, four times a week.  And his training regimen continued, even while chaperoning the senior class from Everest Collegiate during their Holy Week 2013 pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Jerusalem. 

“I found places to run there,” he said with a smile. 

Fr. Daniel asks everyone to keep him in their prayers. His run will begin the morning of April 15 at about 10:00 am EST.  He said runners are sent off in “waves” because of the large number of competitors, and the winner is determined by their finishing time.   He hopes to cross the finish
line at about 1:00 pm.  The 26.2-mile run begins in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and ends in downtown Boston.

Go Father Daniel!



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