"The road is our cloister" sponsor our Jesuit Marathon runner

Chris Krall SJ outside Jesuit Missions office
Chris Krall SJ outside Jesuit Missions office

Jesuit Missions is fielding a strong team of fourteen runners for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.  With the event only six weeks away the team are stepping up the training and calling out for sponsorship.

This year a new team member is Fr Chris Krall SJ, an American Jesuit who recently joined the Campion Hall community in Oxford, where he is pursuing a Masters in Sacred Theology with the intention of continuing into a DPhil in Science and Religion. 

This will be Fr Chris’s sixteenth marathon and his first in Europe.  “I have heard great things about the London marathon” he says, “it is supposed to be one of the best in the world, so I am looking forward to comparing it to Boston, which I ran four times, and Milwaukee, which was my most recent marathon in the Fall of 2015.”  Fr Chris is hoping for a time of around 3 hours 20 minutes – though his personal best was 3 hours and 1 minute.

Fr Chris is attached to the United States Navy as a chaplaincy candidate officer.  His doctoral research examines the impact of Ignatian spirituality on post-traumatic stress, “I have found that pre-treatment with mindfulness and the spiritual exercises results in lower rates of PTSD emerging in returning service personnel” he explains, “and this links with my own running – I find that the Ignatian examen is my prayer every time I run, it helps me to come to full awareness of myself, it is truly contemplation in action every moment of your life – ‘the road is our cloister’”.

Richard Greenwood,  Deputy Director of Jesuit Missions,  said “the London Marathon is our most important fundraising platform.  This year funds raised will support vital work in war-torn South Sudan where Jesuits have been working among the tens of thousands of children and teachers in refugee camps, providing education and an alternative to recruitment as child soldiers.”  The United Nations has warned that 100,000 people are facing starvation in the region.

Please sponsor Fr Chris as he aims to raise £5,000 towards the life-saving work of Jesuit Missions and the Jesuit Refugee Service in South Sudan