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RC consecrated Katie Tuttle runs for vocations this weekend

Columbus Marathon

On October 20, 2013, Regnum Christi consecrated woman Katie Tuttle will participate in the Marathon in Columbus, Ohio, running just over 26 miles to raise awareness, and hopefully donations, for vocations.

She hopes to help support those discerning a possible call to the priesthood and consecrated life.  “And to generate vocational awareness,” she said. “All vocational paths stem from the one vocation to love. My hope is that we may all accept our vocation to love by responding to God’s voice in our hearts to follow him!”

Why run to create vocation awareness?

“I’ve always been a runner and when I was first consecrated I remember hoping that one day I could participate in something like a race for vocations because I was so excited about my own vocation,” said Katie. “Even though I wasn’t sure if or when that would happen, the idea stayed in the back of my mind all those years.”

Katie who now works in Oxford, Michigan, said she was inspired by Fr. Daniel Pajerski, LC, Formation Director at Everest Academy and Everest Collegiate High School in Clarkston, Michigan.  Fr. Daniel also used running to raise funds for vocations, participating in both the Chicago and Boston marathons. 

She said she started thinking and praying about having a similar opportunity.

“And God provided the opportunity,” she said.

Since Katie is from Columbus, Ohio, and her cousin, Christopher, is studying for the priesthood in Columbus at the Pontifical College Josephenum, she choose to run in the Columbus Marathon.

“I’m grateful to
Katie and friends
Katie Tuttle (bottom row, second from the right) with the Immaculate Conception girls and Valerie Fifelski (bottom left)
my family and the consecrated women in my community for encouraging me to go for it!” she said.

With her run, Katie hopes to raise funds for the Columbus seminary where her cousin is, as well as for the Immaculate Conception Program for which she serves as the program business manager.

Immaculate Conception is a high school boarding program in Oxford, Michigan, for girls who want to begin a process of vocational discernment in Regnum Christi.  The girls in the program live at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center in Oxford, and attend school at Everest Collegiate Girls’ High School in Clarkston, Michigan.

“This is my third year working in the program, my second since it relocated from Rhode Island to Michigan,” said Katie. She is one of three consecrated women dedicated full time to the program, along with Rene Blackwell and IC program director, Valerie Fifelski.

“I feel so blessed to be a part of this program, working with Valerie and Rene, accompanying these young women who are so eager to know and love Christ more,” said Katie. “I absolutely love my mission!”

To donate to Katie’s cause, go to

“Donations will help the formation team provide that environment and personalized formation for the young women participating in the program,” said Katie. 

To find out more information or to send in prayer requests, contact Katie at or visit her Facebook page at



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