Last fall, I heard about a woman named Sister Stephanie Baliga. Runner’s World ran a feature about her and a couple of listeners sent me the Runner’s World video. I reached out to Sister Stephanie back then, but the fall was a really busy time for her. You’ll hear in this episode that she has a full plate. God works in mysterious ways, though. I believe that things didn’t work out last fall to get her on the podcast because now is the better time to have Sister Stephanie on this show. Hearing someone talk about God’s divine providence at this time is something I needed.
Years ago, Sister Stephanie was simply Stephanie. She was a standout cross country runner in high school and college. She had all sorts of ambitions for her life after college, but her sophomore year, while recovering from a running injury, she came to a realization about running. She had a God-given talent and she was using that talent to bring herself glory. Over the course of a spiritual journey, she changed her mind about her future. After college, Sister Stephanie joined Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, and dedicated her life to God as a religious sister.
But God gives talents for a reason. At Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, Sister Stephanie has found a way to run for God. To run for others. Sister Stephanie heads up Team Our Lady of the Angels, a team that fundraises for the Mission at the Chicago Marathon each year. The team has raised close to one million dollars since it started in 2011.
In this episode, Sister Stephanie tells me about her high school and college running days, explains why she joined the Mission, talks about the running team and the Chicago Marathon, and gives me some insight into what all the Mission is doing in Chicago. By the way, y’all, Sister Stephanie is a sub-3 hour marathoner. And she runs in a skirt!
Here is my conversation with Sister Stephanie Baliga.
Mission Our Lady of the Angels
Fleet Feet Chicago Feature on Sister Stephanie Baliga
Runner’s World: One Speedy Nun
Follow In A Skirt: