• St. Vincent de Paul (map)
  • 9100 93rd Avenue North
  • Brooklyn Park, MN, 55445
  • United States

2016 Results

Faster than the Pastor, A Journey to the Cross is a fresh and relevant community building, evangelization effort and health advocacy initiative, created to bring our diocese together in a way that celebrates and exalts our faith and proclaims the gospel.  

Seven events hosted at 7 parish communities with 7 chances to win a TRIP FOR TWO to the Holy Land with Jeff Cavins in January 2018!  All event distances are based on various guiding scriptures - Philippians 3:14 is a 3.14 mile journey or 2 Timothy 4:7 is 4.7KM (2.98 mile journey). We are not USATF certified. We are GOD certified!  

ALL abilities are welcome – beginners, walkers, runners, families and joggers. All finishing participants receive unique swag, custom medals, socks and an uplifting gracious atmosphere. 

Each event is playfully named:
•    Done Before the Nun – Aug 2016
•    Ditch the Deacon – Sept 2016
•    Quicker than the Vicar – Nov 2016
•    Flyin by the Father – Feb 2017
•    Breeze by the Bishop – April 2017
•    Catch the Cardinal – June 2017
•    Pass the Pope – July 2017
There are two ways to register. You may register for the 7 event series -  Peter the Rock, or for each individual event as a Doubting Thomas.  

Peter the ROCK  - “I’m in and ready to sign up for the entire amazing series!”  All Peter the ROCK series participants receive the following:
•    Holy Land Sweepstakes Entry for EVERY event completed
•    BONUS Holy Land Sweepstakes ENTRY if registered for series by September 24th, 2016
•    TOTAL Number of possible Sweepstakes Entries = 8
•    All Swag Items (moving forward from date of series registration)
•    Custom finishers medal for EACH event completed. Collect all 7 medals to acquire a special message from God.
•    Virtual Goodie Bags from Sponsors
•    Membership to the All Things Catholic Resource Guide
•    Unique Athletes Village
Doubting Thomas – “I’m not ready to commit to the series and only want to register for one event at a time.”  All Doubting Thomas Participants will receive
•    ONE Holy Land Sweepstakes entry after completing at least 5 events inside of the series.
•    Swag (different at each event, related to our Christian faith)
•    Custom finishers medal for EACH event completed. Collect all 7 medals to acquire a special message from God.
•    Virtual Goodie Bags from Sponsors
•    Membership to the All Things Catholic Resource Guide
•    Unique Athletes Village

In addition to these vibrant series events, several hosting sites include a very special Little Lambs Mad Dash for the smallest of participants aged 2-10.

Faster than the Pastor, A Journey to the Cross recognizes the financial expense of participating for entire families.  Therefor we have a family registration rate of $175, for a primary family of 4 or more (can be any combination of one of the events inside the series and Little Lambs Mad Dash events).  Family registration is only available in paper format and can be found at www.fasterthanthepastorevents.com - must be complete 2 weeks prior to selected event.

One objective of the event series is to build community, both here locally connecting parishes inside of our diocese as well as lifting our local community needs through coat, shoe, sock, food and other types of donations.  Finally each event will be supporting an international initiative of the parishes choice by selling goods (baskets from Uganda, Iron Crosses from Haiti, Purses from Tanzania etc) at the Spirit Shop inside each events athletes village, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the project.

Two weeks upon completion of the Faster than the Pastor, A Journey to the Cross event series will be a celebratory mass, followed by an Agape banquet where the Holy Land Trip winner will be announced.  If the winner is present at the banquet they will receive an additional $500 cash prize.

Finally, 10% of total net proceeds, generated by your entry fee are given back to the Archdiocese of Minneapolis / St Paul (restricted for Health and Wellbeing programs for Catholic schools) and 30% is equally shared between the 7 hosting parish sites.

This event series hopes to reframe the current state of our diocese as a vibrant collective Christian Catholic community, evangelizing and exalting our faith and honoring our body in a way that recognizes it as a Divine vessel.

Are you a Catholic business owner?  Do you have a profession that you as a Catholic would like to bring to our greater community?  Vigeo, Inc., parent company of Faster than the Pastor a Journey to the Cross, has a paralleled initiative called All Things Catholic Resource Guide.  Contributing to the a renewed growth of the Catholic church, bringing together the works of our hands and feet to support the excellence of individuals in business and in professional roles.  1 Corinthians 12:4-26. Visit www.vigeoinc.com for more information about this substantial resource guide! 

Done Before the Nun

August 13th, 2016.  Event #1 in series. Held at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park.  Done Before the Nun start time 8:30AM.  Little Lambs Mad Dash start time 10:30AM.  Event distance (3.14 miles) based on Philippians 3:14 “I will press on toward the goal to receive the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  

A wonderful variety of Catholic Spirit Apparel items; sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts, jackets, yoga pants, from $25-$85, available inside the athletes village.  

Community outreach to support ______________________

International outreach to Feeding Hope, a community program, serving meals to 150+ children and disabled people daily in Montrouis, Haiti.  Hand made Iron crosses will be available for sale ($10-$25) inside of the Spirit Shop with 100% of all proceeds going to Feeding Hope.

Done Before the Nun is the kick off event for the St Vincent de Paul, Harvest Festival that includes children’s games, inflatables, food vendors, bingo, a beer tent and a free concert by GB Leighton!