Running the Boston Marathon

October 15, 2008

In April 2006, the Pilot interviewed Fr. Dan about his experiences running in the Boston Marathon:

What does running the Boston Marathon and discerning one’s vocation have in common?

Quite a lot, according to Daniel Kennedy — a seminarian at St. John’s Seminary in his third year of theology.

“Running a marathon is a journey that parallels, in many ways, discovering a vocation to the priesthood,” he declared.

On Patriot’s Day, Kennedy will be among the 20,000 runners who will test their resolve as they participate in the 110th Boston Marathon…

“Whether it’s running the course from Hopkinton to Boston, or it’s thinking about becoming a priest at age 7 or 8 and finally realizing it on ordination day, there are many curves, bumps, hills and heartbreaks along the way,” Kennedy said.

Read the full article at: Boston Pilot: Seminarian’s marathon run to raise vocation awareness


Fr. Dan’s reflections as a newly ordained priest

September 19, 2008

Back in July 2007, Father Dan wrote on Cardinal Sean’s blog to share some reflections on his ordination and calling to the priesthood:

As I reflect upon my first six weeks as a priest, there are a full range of notions and emotions which come to mind. Each day seems to be a new adventure. Both the ordinary and the extraordinary have taken on a new meaning as I adjust to the new configuration of my identity.


The Ordination and Mass of thanksgiving over Memorial Day weekend were milestones in my life, unlike any other. The sight of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross teeming with people who truly love the priesthood should be in every vocations video.

You can read Father Dan’s full reflection (and see more photos) at Cardinal Sean’s Blog: The reflections of a newly ordained priest.