“Run for Vocations” Raises Tens of Thousands for Future Priests

November 08, 2010

The Archdiocese of Washington’s “Run for Vocations” team has raised $66,195 by participating in the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon events, with additional donations coming in daily.

In 1999, the Run for Vocations team began as a team of one. The 2010 Run for Vocations team was made up of 183 participants. 48 ran in the full Marathon, 135 participated in the 10K. Two priests ran the marathon, as did one seminarian. As for the 10K, three priests and eight seminarians participated. Additional seminarians served as “team supporters” along the routes.

Priests, seminarians and lay people joined the Run for Vocations team as a way to pray and sacrifice in support of future priests. Funds raised through the team are used to cover unexpected expenses for seminarians, including medical costs, travel expenses in the event of a family emergency and spiritual enrichment opportunities.

Among those running was James Peck. Last year, just after completing the MCM 10K, James was diagnosed with an aggressive and deadly form of a malignant brain cancer. He had surgery and began a treatment of chemotherapy and radiation. Then, his wife, Cecilia, got caught in Haiti when that nation was hit by a devastating earthquake last January while she and other women from the parish were there on a mission trip. The women returned home safely, but, soon after, James found his tumor had aggressively returned. James has had more surgery, and is now undergoing regular treatments to keep the tumor at bay. Throughout all of this, the Pecks’ only son, Nathan, has been serving on the front lines in Afghanistan as an active duty Marine.

Despite his illness, James, once again, completed the MCM 10K this year. Before the race, he said, “A year later, despite my illness, I believe that God’s always been with me, and He will give me the strength to push myself to help holy priests in bringing God to people and people to God. So, my 2010 participation is not any different, only now, it’s more special.”

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
[email protected]