London Marathon

Fr Kyara Corbinian SJ is a Tanzanian Jesuit who works in the East African Jesuit Development office in Nairobi, Kenya. In less than one week, he will be joining fellow East African Jesuit Fr Alexander Wainaina SJ for the London Marathon.Along with the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team, they will be running in memory of Fr Victor Luke Odhimabo SJ who tragically died whilst serving in South Sudan in November 2018. Fr Kyara was one of the last people to see Fr Victor Luke before he died....
Stephanie Beech and Jules Greenwood
Last weekend Stephanie Beech, Jesuit Missions Communications Officer, visited Stonyhurst College in Lancashire to give a parish appeal for Jesuit Missions. As this had been planned for a while, the day appeared as a great opportunity to join the Stonyhurst Sprinters for a long run as part of the marathon team training, whilst taking in the beautiful Ribble Valley.However, the idea came before Stephanie had to stop running in February due to an ongoing Achilles problem. "I am now back on track...
A team of runners will take up the challenge of the London Marathon for Jesuit Refugee Service UK on 28th April, this year for the first time.“I came to London many years ago from the North West, but I have always felt welcome here,” explains Daniel Curtin. “I now feel duty bound to share that with others, to make them welcome, just as others shared their city with me. I can’t, however, achieve this by myself. I know all those coming to their Day Centre feel that they belong when they receive...
This year there are 16 teachers associated with Jesuit schools who are taking on the London Marathon challenge for Jesuit Missions, including a team of 6 from Stonyhurst college and 4 at St Aloysius in Glasgow.Each were given one of the 16 Jesuit pupil profile virtues and asked to write why that word links to their training. Here are a few of their responses:Faith-filledRyan Ferrie - St Aloysius CollegeLondon 2019 will be my second Marathon and it certainly is an exercise in faith! Faith that...
Bridget Phyland and Diane Bugeja
This year team JM has two runners from the international Jesuit family making their way to London to run the marathon in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ and to raise money to realise his educational legacy in South Sudan.Diane Bugeja from Malta is a serious runner who, prior to starting marathon training, ran around 11km five times a week. “I now follow a training plan and run around 75km a week, which will peak in March. Training is going well so far and I cannot complain. I'm used to...
This year Jesuit Missions London Marathon runners will be running in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a 62-year-old Jesuit priest who was tragically murdered in South Sudan in November 2018.Fr Victor-Luke was a Jesuit priest who chose to work in one of the most dangerous and poorest places on earth. He was deeply committed to the people of South Sudan and to the teacher training centre in Cueibet where he worked. Fr Victor-Luke also had big plans to build a new college. Sadly, he was...
Fr Tom Smolich addressing teachers at Pagirinya Secondary School (JRS)
On a recent trip to Uganda, Fr Thomas Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, reiterated JRS’s commitment to the service and accompaniment of the refugee population in Uganda, particularly in the area of education. Currently, Uganda hosts the largest refugee population in Africa. The official figures put the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda at 1,395,146, most of whom from South Sudan.In Kampala, Fr Tom interacted with many of the refugees supported...
Jesuit Mission runners
Another year, another London Marathon. But this year was different. It was hot, very hot. In fact it was the hottest ever London Marathon, with a recorded temperature of 24.2C. This came as a shock to many runners after a long, cold and wet winter of training.Over 40,000 runners took to the streets of London on Sunday 22nd April, among them were 29 people taking on the challenge for Jesuit Missions.The 2018 team included a Womble, a Nun, a team of 10 from Mount St Mary’s, two from Malta (...
Sr Theo catechesis with primary children karasabai
This Sunday Sr Theo CJ will run the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions. Her biggest fear? The possibility of being press-ganged into running in a womble costume! But no worries, two members of the JM team are ready for the womble challenge – watch out!For the preparation, she has had the invaluable support of her younger sister Felicity. “It’s been so great to have her companionship and enthusiasm throughout training, Sr Theo comments. Regarding the training itself, due to her natural runner-...
Mario Farrugia, Fr Patrick Magro SJ and Mark Kimario SJ
At 3.30am, four days a week, Fr Patrick Magro SJ closes the door of the Jesuit community residence at Msida and goes on a 20km run. He returns as dawn breaks, in time to join his Jesuit companions in prayer before they start their day’s work.Every weekend the run covers over 30km. Clear night or pelting rain, he runs. And he is running with a purpose.Mark Kimario SJ is a young Jesuit from Tanzania. He is currently serving in Malta, accompanying students at St Aloysius’ College, Birkirkara. He...

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