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Hosted and run through the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Cross Country Camp will hit the track for the first time in 2019. Campers will learn the discipline of running and of committing to a life of faith. Running icon Alan Webb - the American Mile Record holder - and local religious sister from Our Lady of the Angels - Sister Stephanie Baliga (who ran Track and Field at the University of Illinois before hearing God's call to religous life!) - will be at Catholic Cross Country Camp to coach and guide young athletes towards bettering themselves as runners and Catholics.
Alan Webb: Alan Webb set the American national record in the mile, with a time of 3:46.91 in 2006. Webb represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men’s 1500-meter race. While in high school, he set the National High School Record in the mile in 3:53.43. He competed professionally for Nike until the end of 2013. He currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Portland State Vikings cross country and track & field teams. “I became Catholic at Easter in 2017 after growing up in various denominations. It was only after learning the truth of the Catholic faith that I was able to fully submit my life to Christ. My lifetime goal is to go to Heaven and help as many people as I can do the same.”
Danny Docherty: Danny is a 2020 USA Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon after running his debut marathon this past January. He has been training as an elite athlete with Team USA Minnesota in the Twin Cities since July 2017. He spent his collegiate days along the shores of Lake Michigan, attending Loyola University. As an athlete, he reached the NCAA Prelims in the 10000m during his senior year. He finished his career at #2 on the all-time performance list for the 5000m and 10000m. He finished his collegiate racing career with PB’s of 4:07 mile, 8:16 3k, 14:15 5k, and 29:16 10k. Currently, Danny is the Director of Operations for a youth sports program in St. Paul and an Online Run Coach with Life Time Fitness, a Healthy Way of Life Company. His faith has played a major role in his development as a person and athlete and he is excited to share his faith journey at the camp this year!
Shawn Lucas: Shawn, Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation Office Special Event Coordinator, is very excited to be serving as this camp's leader. He ran Cross Country and Track at Loyola University Chicago and after college ran as an Elite runner for Club Northwest in Seattle, WA and locally for CKRunning under the close mentorship of Charlie Kern (currently York High school). Shawn’s passion for running started as a 6th grader conditioning for basketball and took full form upon entering high school at St. Edward Central Catholic in Elgin, IL. After running 4:03 for the mile summer of 2012, Shawn turned to the coaching world. After stops at Bradley University and DePaul University coaching both men and women mid-distance and distance, Shawn has found a home as a part-time coach at the University of Illinois-Chicago and one-on-one coaching with DWrunning.com. He is very passionate about spreading the love of Jesus and his Catholic Faith to all and can’t wait to do so through the gift of running this summer.
Sr. Stephanie Baliga: Sr. Stephanie was born and raised in Rockford, IL. She ran for the Rockford Wildcats and then for Rockford Auburn High School. At Auburn, she was a 18 time NIC-9 conference champion, 11 time state qualifier, 3 times all state, and 4 time regional champion in cross-country. She walked on to the team at University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign where she became the 6th fastest freshman in the nation in 2006 (in cross) as well as a member of the NCAA cross-country teams that placed 8th, 6th, and 10th in the nation in 2006, 2007, and 2008 respectfully. Sr. Stephanie now runs marathons, with her current PR of 2:53. She has aspirations to qualify for the US Olympic trials in 2024. She leads a large charity team in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon each year, which has raised over $700,000 for the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.
While at U of I, Sr. Stephanie had a powerful encounter with Jesus at Eucharistic Adoration that completely changed her and the way she saw the world. Grace slowly helped Sr. Stephanie move running to a more appropriate place her life. Because of this original encounter with Jesus as well as the continued movement of grace in her life, Sr. Stephanie joined her community, the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago when she graduated in college in 2010. She is now in final vows with her community. She spends most of her time attempting to organize resources and people across space and time to keep the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, an outreach to the poor on the west side of Chicago, going strong. She also teaches religion at St. Sylvester's School in Palmer Square.
Fr. Rob Schultz: Fr. Rob was ordained in 2001 for the Chicago Archdiocese. He has served as the associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Wilmette, and St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge. Since 2009 he has served as the pastor of St. Beatrice Parish in Schiller Park. He has served as a spiritual director at St. Joseph College Seminary since 2002, and he currently serves as chaplain to the Schiller Park Fire Dept. It was not until after ordination, and through the encouragement of a friend, that Fr. Rob took up running, and eventually added swimming and biking. Because speed is not his athletic gift, he focuses on endurance. He has competed in over 100 Sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons, three half-Ironman triathlons, and eight Chicago Marathons. The most significant way that Fr. Rob experiences God in sports is through the obstacles and fears he has overcome with God's grace, and being able to do things that he never thought possible.
Fr. Tim Monahan: My name is Fr. Timothy Monahan, and I come from an Irish Catholic family that is also full of athletes. My grandfather, father, and cousins all played football at the University of Notre Dame, where I was captain of the fencing team, a Division-I sport. In high school I played basketball and ran track, and in seminary I played soccer. I continue to remain active, because the discipline of sports teaches me a lot about being a disciple of Jesus Christ: hard work, technique, teamwork -- it all pays off in life and in faith. We're excited to have you join our team at Catholic Sports Camps. See you there!
Sunday, August 4, 2019
4:00-8:00pm – Mass followed by Fellowship, Testimony by Sr. Stephanie Baliga and more Elite Runners during a Pizza Dinner, Worship Music and Movie and Popcorn to end the night.
*Mass celebrated by 6 time marathon finisher and Auxiliary Bishop Robert G. Casey.
Monday, August 5, 2019
Sign-in at Mt. Carmel High School
Welcome Talk & introduction to Mass/Eucharist – Saint of the Day
Mass (Celebrated by Fr. Steve Bauer, Marathoner, St. Luke’s River Forest Parish)
9:15am – 11:15am
Warm-up, and break into training groups (by age groups)
Lunch and Rest
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Introduction to Adoration, Reconciliation & Worship Music
Break into training group – afternoon session of Drills and Games
Rosary, “Saint of the Day Awards”, Dismissal
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Saint of the Day – and introduction to Mass/Eucharist
Mass (Celebrated by Fr. Rob Schultz, many time Ironman 70.3 finisher and pastor at St. Beatrice Parish, Schiller Park)
Warm-up and break into training groups (by age groups) – Sport instruction/work-out
Adoration, Reconciliation, Worship Music
Fun Relay Games
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Sign in at Mt. Carmel High School
Saint of the Day – introduction to Mass/Eucharist
Mass (Celebrated by Fr. Tim Monahan, Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation Director)
Warm-up and break into training groups (by age groups) – Sport Instruction/Drills
End of Camp “Race” 5th & 6th graders – Half Mile & 7th & 8th Graders 1 mile
Rosary, “Saints of the Day Awards”, Dismissal
When: August 5-7, 2019
8:00am to 3:00pm Daily
Mount Carmel High School,
6410 S. Dante Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637
Grades: 5th-8th (Fall 2019)
Girls & Boys
($50 off/add'l child)
Catholic Family Night:
- Sunday, August 4th, 4pm
- Mass 4:30pm, Dinner, Faith Talks, Worship Music & Movie for the whole family!
Questions? Reach us at: email@example.com