Come October, Father Searby’s running stamina will yield even more good results, since he has signed on to participate in a marathon relay with three other diocesan priests to raise money for Project Rachel and Gabriel Project, two local pro-life organizations.
The relay will be a part of the Baltimore Marathon Oct. 11. The other priests running are Father Jerome Magat, parochial vicar of St. William of York Parish in Stafford; Father Edward Horkan, parochial vicar of St. Rita Parish in Alexandria; and Father Edward Hathaway, pastor of St. Veronica Parish in Chantilly. Together they call themselves Team Sacerdos, Latin for “Team Priest”.
This takes on a personal note since both Fr. Horkan and Fr. Searby were parochial vicars at my parish right after their ordinations. They have each since moved on to other parishes but they hold a special place in my heart. They were powerful positive influences on my children.
Therefore, if you would like to offer support for their efforts, please say a prayer that they run the race to the best of their abilities and bring Glory to God in their efforts. You can also offer monetary support by sending a check in honor of Team Sancerdos to:
Gabriel Project/Project Rachel
c/o Catholic Diocese of Arlington
P.O. Box 1960
Merrifield, VA 22116-1960.
In addition to making a visible stand for a worthy pro-life cause, I think these priests are also making a great statement for vocations.