Second Jesuit novice to run the London Marathon

Chris Brolly nSJ training in Birmingham
Chris Brolly nSJ training in Birmingham

First year Jesuit novice Christopher Brolly is joining the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team for the big event on Sunday 24th April.  His fellow novice Jacques St Laurent is donning the famous Womble costume, but Chris says “I’ll just be running as a tired man!”

Chris has been in training since the Autumn.  He took up running soon after joining the novitiate in order to stay in shape and as he put it, “If I can’t run when I’m a novice, there won’t be much chance later!”  He has been building up to a recent 20 mile training run.

Chris has recently finished a six week “experiment” with Jesuit Missions.  Experiments are projects for novices which help them learn about aspects of serving the faith.  During his experiment Chris, who was previously a secondary school teacher in Liverpool and Newcastle, worked with Sam Aidoo, JM’s education officer, to develop JM’s new Education for Justice schools’ resources.

“Volunteering to run the marathon was a really good way to get to know more about the works of the Jesuits and all the different people, staff and volunteers, who make things happen” Chris explains, “ and the money is going to such a relevant cause, helping to send food and medical supplies to Homs and Damascus – in fact the week I decided to do the marathon a hospital in Damascus was bombed, so I know this was a good decision.  I recently returned to my home parish in Newcastle to give a talk about my vocation andI found the London marathon a really useful way to introduce the concept of vocation.”

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