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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

As you may already know, I enjoy running and over the years have participated in 23 marathons. On Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 7, I will be running a marathon in Long Beach, Calif., with the LIFE Runners, a pro-life running organization with 8,500 teammates in all 50 states and 35 nations. LIFE Runners began on Oct. 12, 2008 when 12 teammates raced the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for life-saving ultrasound machines. The LIFE Runners group has grown over the years and has fielded the largest teams for several marathons, most recently with 75 teammates at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon and 100 teammates last year in Pensacola. This will be my 24th marathon in 24 years.

One of the reasons I run marathons is to raise funds for various charitable causes. The charitable cause that I have designated for the 2018 LIFE Runners Marathon is the Divine Mercy Senior Living Community that we are planning to build in Glen Carbon. This community, which will be located on the campus next to Father McGivney Catholic High School, will provide high-quality senior housing with a Catholic expression to people of all faiths.

If you would like to support me in this effort, I invite you to make a tax-deductible pledge donation (e.g., $2 per mile x 26.2 miles = $52.40).

Donating to the Divine Mercy Senior Living Community would be a great way to encourage me to run 26.2 miles on Oct. 7 and support our pro-life efforts on Respect Life Sunday. The theme for this year’s Respect Life Month is, “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.” This life-giving message expresses our profound respect for all human life from conception to the moment of natural death. Your support for the Divine Mercy Senior Living Center will help to provide quality care for our brothers and sisters in the twilight of their lives.

As sacred Scripture says, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1). Your support will be greatly appreciated.

God bless you,
Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki
Bishop of Springfield in Illinois 

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