Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Sunday 18 April |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Maria Anna Blondin

The Priest in the Running Shoes

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/25/16

From Runner’s World: 

The Rev. Michael Alello set two PRs [personal records] at the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday: a 4:03:28 for the actual race and an even more impressive 27-minute Catholic Mass that began an hour before he ran his 26.2 miles. As he told Runner’s World last week, Alello offered runners a chance to gather and pray at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which is just a few blocks from the race’s start and finish line. About 800 people took him up on the offer of his “26.2-minute” Mass, making it a standing-room only gathering. “For 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning, that’s pretty awesome,” Alello told Runner’s World on Tuesday by phone. Even with longer than expected lines for communion, the Mass ended in about 27 minutes—and yes, there was a running clock in the sanctuary by the altar. Runners were welcomed to attend the Mass in their running gear before heading to the starting corrals. Alello joined them by having his running shoes, leggings, shorts, and shirt on under his vestments. “I had my fuel belt on as well because the microphone did not have a clip, and I didn’t have pockets in my running shorts,” he said. “So my microphone was attached to me with my running belt.”

Read more. 

Photo: Robert Sciambra / Runner’s World

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
2
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
3
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
4
MASS
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
5
COUPLE
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
6
PRAY
Philip Kosloski
Catholic prayers for strength
7
HOLY SEPULCHRE CROSSES
Zelda Caldwell
Mystery of crosses on walls of Church of the Holy Sepulchre may h...
See More