Running to Win at the Philadelphia Vincentian Houses of Formation
This past weekend, we experienced a run fever at the Vincentian houses of formation in Philly. Seven Vincentian seminarians, and one formator ran the Philly Half Marathon on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The morning was cold and cloudy with calm winds, as the gun sounded the start of the marathon at 7:30 a.m on Ben Franklin Parkway. The De Andreis Theologate was represented by Leo Tiburcio, 3rd theology, Erik Sanchez, 1st theology, Tom King, 1st theology, and Emmet Nolan, formator. The De Paul Novitiate was represented by Walner Diaz, Scott Jakubowski, Jimmy Muller, and Cong Le.
The men commented on the diverse neighborhoods, parks, and monuments in the city. The course was relatively flat, taking them by Independence Mall, the Delaware riverfront, Fairmount Park, across the Girard Avenue Bridge, past the statue of General Grant, down Kelly Drive toward the Philadelphia Art Museum, and the finish line at Eakin’s Oval.
The Vincentian group clocked impressive finish times. The leader of the pack, Jimmy Muller, was clocked at 1:39; Leo Tiburcio at 1:42; and Tom King at 1:45. Everyone completed the race with a great sense of accomplishment, and rightly so. It was then time to celebrate our brothers’ feat.
After the run, the Vincentian runners joined the 25 diocesan seminarians and Bp. Timothy Senior, rector of St. Charles Seminary. Bishop Senior, one of the runners, arranged for a delicious post race breakfast on the 13th floor of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. Mid-afternoon, we returned to the De Andreis Theologate in Manayunk for dinner. Luis Romero prepared “trefacio” delicious soup with beef ribs, pork and chicken, homemade tortillas, and barbecued free range chicken. To the delight of all gathered, Louis brought out a delicious tres leches cake with a representation of the runners.
From left to right: Fr. Emmett Nolan, C.M., Erik Sanchez, Cong Le, Thomas King, Luiz Romero, Jimmy Muller, Walner Diaz, and Leo Tiburico