Name: Aileen

Home State: Military brat, so as a friend once said to me, I “come from too many places”. However, my father and his family immigrated to Chicago in the 1950s, and my mother’s parents immigrated at the same time to Cleveland, so I generally call those two great cities home.

Occupation: Currently working on my doctorate in études littéraires at Université Laval in Quebec City, where I also teach literature and writing courses at the university.

Catholic for how long: Cradle Catholic, which is it’s own blessing. Raising myself and my sister in the Faith was important to my parents, and they made massive sacrifices to enroll us in private, Catholic primary and secondary schools. It is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve gotten older.

5k or Half? Half-marathon – I’ll be doing the Hypothermic Half in Montreal in February.

Why the challenge? My faith shouldn’t just occupy one area of my life; it should underlie and be intertwined with absolutely everything. The challenge seems to be not only a structured way to integrate prayer and physical activity, but also seems to be a very sensible training plan! To paraphrase Saint Paul, we need to train and prepare not only our bodies, but our minds as well for life’s crosses and challenges. Running has been a gift from God to me, coming into my life exactly when I needed it to, and I want to be able to give that gift back to God in a meaningful way.

It’s too late to join Aileen for the 2017 Advent #CatholicWomenRun challenge. But you can sign up here to receive an email when we have our next challenge.


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