by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
On Saturday, Nov. 4, I will run the Indianapolis Marathon, God willing. Since beginning my marathon training on July 1, I have run 535 miles, including three long training runs of 20, 21 and 21.2 miles, so I should be ready to go. If all goes well, this will be my 23rd marathon. One of the reasons why I run marathons is to raise money for worthwhile causes. In the course of my 22 marathons, I have raised more than $460,000.00 for various charities. This year, my designated fundraising cause for the Indianapolis Marathon is “Running for Priestly Vocations.” Why is this needed? From a financial perspective, those of you with children or grandchildren in college know the cost of higher education. The cost of sending seminarians to college seminary and graduate theology in the major seminary is comparable. To give you an idea of the costs for our seminarians, our budget this fiscal year for 24 seminarians is $1,029,391, which comes to approximately $42,900 per seminarian.