Priests and those in the consecrated life, like any person, share interests — interests such as running or playing sports. Training is a time to reflect and to pray. It’s important that we include prayer into our undertakings. Runners/walkers know that in the course of their respective races they'll experience great challenges. But the sense of accomplishment and mission to overcome these challenges makes it worthwhile to them. Each runner/walker will say "I do not run aimlessly" (1 Corinthians 9:26).

Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu has supported these initiatives in line with the Catholic Church celebration of the Jubilee Year of St. Paul. This will be a positive statement of the Diocesan Vocations Office to bring awareness to people that we as a Catholic community are determined to make a difference, and we as a Church are expressing a need for vocations.

Whether one chooses to run the entire marathon course of 26.2 miles, to run a shorter course, or to walk, discipline is required to prepare and complete the course. The discipline of proper training and finishing each marathon (according to the means and distance for which you have registered), will teach Catholic Youth and other participants that they can have endurance throughout their lives and they can accomplish great things. At each marathon, they offer their sacrifice to run/walk “extra miles” for vocations. The mission is always to finish the race for which one has registered. As St. Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have finished the race; I have kept the faith."

Join us in Hilo for the 2nd leg

Join us in Hilo for the 2nd leg of the "AKUA Run/Walk for Vocations" campaign during the 12th Annual Big Island International Marathon (BIIM) on March 22, 2009. Contribute to our spiritual bucket with more pledges. Let us pray for more vocations. For more information, please contact the Vocations Office. BIIM takes places on the east coast of Hawaii Island. The event includes a full 26.2 mile marathon, 13.1 mile run, and 3.1 mile run/walk. Visit www.hilomarthon.org for more information.