Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston wrote -
The Catholic Charities of Boston Team is proud to be running as part of the John Hancock Marathon Program.
Catholic Charities of Boston programs serve the poor and working poor in your community with dignity and compassion. For more than 100 years, we have supported families as they struggle to put food on the table, secure child care for their children and seek out better opportunities through education. Last year alone, Catholic Charities served over 200,000 of your neighbors across the Archdiocese of Boston. At Catholic Charities, we strive to help people become self-sufficient. To discover more of our work, visit www.ccab.org.
My name is Patrick Mooney and I am new to the Catholic Charities family. Starting in September 2014 I am the coordinator of the Youth Tutoring Youth (YTY) program at the Laboure Center in South Boston. I completed the ACE program through the University of Notre Dame. Each year Catholic school teachers from across the country choose one school to support by running a marathon. My first half marathon was in support of Saint John St. John Berchman’s in San Antonio, Texas in 2009. After a great experience running the Austin half marathon, I decided to run with ACE in the full marathon in Phoenix, Arizona the following year. This time the ACE runners were raising money for Saint John Vianney Catholic School in Goodyear, Arizona. Both years I raised $500 for the designated school (St. John Berchman and St. John Vianney) and then brought any additional fundraising back to where I worked at Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic School in Dallas, Texas. Running these events was as much a personal challenge to myself as it was a fantastic way to rally friends and family to support struggling Catholic schools. This was my introduction to marathons.
After teaching two years in Dallas, Texas, I moved to Boston and began teaching at Saint Columbkille Partnership school in Brighton. While teaching at that school I met Megan, the woman who would be my wife a few years later. Later Megan applied to be on the 2013 Dana Farber Boston Marathon Team and received a number (this would be her third marathon in three years)! Her first Boston Marathon was April 15th, 2013. I had arranged with her parents, her cousins, two dozen of our friends, and my own immediate family to come and cheer her on. After the marathon I planned to propose to her and then celebrate her run and our engagement with everyone. We were very lucky that day. Megan started to get some cramps at mile 20 and I jumped in to finish the marathon with her. Her pace was a little slower than usual due to the cramps. Fast-forward and we are stopped 5.5 blocks before the end of the marathon. We were not sure why, but people were confused and anxious to finish one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. It wasn’t until an hour later that we heard reports of the bombing.
We were relieved to find out that our loved ones were safe, but we grieved and prayed for all those directly effected by the violence. I will never forget any part of that day. Nor will I forget the resilience of the city of Boston. Megan was given a number for the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014 because she was not able to cross the finish line. She successfully ran, with thousands of other people, demonstrating courage, resolve, dedication, and tenacity. This city and this marathon have had quite an effect on my life. I want to run in honor of those who still bare scars from 2013, in memory of those who were taken, and in support of those who are in most need in our city. I am honored to represent Catholic Charities.
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