I am running the 2016 New York Marathon with my 29 year old son, John. He received his ticket via the lottery - I did not. Being 65 and training with a fit 29 year old was not a very smart idea! However, wanting to run, I contacted Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York to see if they would accept me into their program, and they did so, graciously.
Here is what makes this opportunity so exciting for me: I am Vice Governor General of a nearly 30,000 member Catholic organization called the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. It is a papal order of chivalry (knighthood). Google it if interested in its history and what they do for the Church.
One of the Order's largest lieutenancies (chapters) is based in New York and has almost 2700 members. I thought that if I could get some of them interested in contributing to Catholic Charities of New York through my participation in the marathon, it would be fun and would benefit a very worthy cause. Afterall, Catholic Charities is the Archbishop's (Cardinal Dolan) flagship charity. The Cardinal is the spiritual leader of our Order in New York and does so very much to support us. Together we can thank him for all of his support by raising some money for the good works Catholic Charities does in his name.
I personally donated the required fundraising amount, so that is out of the way and no one is helping me to cover my obligation. Any donations made by others are simply to help an outstanding Catholic charity.
I ran the New York Marathon in 2008 and it was a terrific experience for me. Actually, one of the highlights was attending Mass at 500PM on Saturday night (right before the race on Sunday) at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Msgr. Ritchie invited all of the runners to come up on the altar and receive a special blessing. Wow! What a powerful and holy moment! He will do it again this year and I strongly encourage every runner to attend. It is an unforgetable experience.
Lastly, my dear wife, Deborah, is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, and a graduate of Brooklyn College. That makes me a New Yorker by marriage - and I am proud to be one! I dedicate this race to her. Love you, Hon!
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York wrote -
Welcome to Team Catholic Charities NY, the TCS New York City Marathon team of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. We invite you to learn more about our Team’s mission and to join us in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon taking place Sunday, November 6, 2016.
Our runners will raise money for Catholic Charities to help provide for New Yorker’s in need!
Serving over 350,000 clients through a federation of 90 agencies, Catholic Charities NY provides help and creates hope in 5 program areas:
Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth
Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless
Strengthening Families & Resolving Crisis
Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged
Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees
Last year our runners raised $69,846 and are looking to raise even more this year!
Become part of this exciting opportunity to give back while running in the largest marathons in the greatest city ever – New York City!
Visit our website to learn more about Catholic Charities involvement in the TCS New York City Marathon, or to apply to run with Team Catholic Charities NY: www.catholiccharitiesny.org/teamcathcharitiesny