Monday, September 28, 2009

A Future Nun, Runs

Here's a bit from a news story at the CNS blog about a very determined young woman trying to raise money to pay off her student loan debt so she can enter a convent. She started The Nun Run to help her do so.

Chicago woman runs in order to raise funds to enter religious life

By Joyce Duriga
Catholic News Service

CHICAGO (CNS) -- When Alicia Torres laced up her running shoes and tackled the 13.1 miles of the Chicago Half Marathon Sept. 13, her goal was to become a nun.

Torres is not a runner and had never run a distance race. But she ran the race as part of an appeal to friends and strangers to help pay off more than $90,000 in student loans so she can enter religious life.

When Torres felt God calling her to this vocation, she realized there was one major obstacle in her path -- $94,000 in student loans that must be paid off to enter the Franciscan community she's chosen. Most of her loans are held by private lenders so they can't be consolidated or the interest rates negotiated.

It is a contemporary issue. Men and women graduate from college with student loan bills and feel God calling them to join communities that take vows of poverty. But they must enter debt-free since the communities do not typically have resources to pay off the loans.

read the rest at the site. Check out her website to read more about her and her progress.

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