Saint Rita School
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October 17, 2014
A Note from the Principal
As we are all excited about our 5K Run tomorrow, I thought you might like to know who is the patron saint of runners – Saint Sebastian! A third-century Roman soldier, St. Sebastian was a captain of the Praetorian Guard under Emperors Diocletian and Maximilian, who did not know he was a Christian. In that capacity, he encouraged the faith of two Christian prisoners, due for martyrdom, who were wavering under pressure from their families to renounce Christ. He also converted dozens, not only by his witness, but also through miracles. Eventually, his faith was discovered, and the emperor ordered him shot up with arrows – yet miraculously St. Sebastian did not die. After recovering, he denounced the emperor’s cruel treatment of Christians, only to be martyred “a second time” – with a club. According to Catholic Online, St. Sebastian “is a patron saint of athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading and defending the Faith.” He was a true warrior for Christ! Let us all invoke the patronage and protection of Saint Sebastian for our 5K Race!