Running for St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing

For: St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project
Organizer: Fr. Joseph McCartney & Cleveland R Club
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 122 donors
18% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Deciding to serve God and the Church is a sacrifice, and that sacrifice begins during your time in seminary. Like many other students, I came to seminary already a married man with children. I had a career working at a phone company, I had a house, our family had roots where we were. But the call and desire to serve God is stronger than those roots. In 2005 my family and I arrive at St Tikhon's not really knowing what to expect, or knowing what the next 5 years would hold for us. 

St. Tikhon's is a reputable seminary that has produced some of the finest priests this country has known. However, from the beginning of the seminary history one thing seems to have changed - the demographic of students. In the early days and not to distant past, the average student was a young, single man who would finish his studies, go home, find a girl, get married and then get ordained. Today, there are many many students who are older, already married men - some with children. The main problem with this is that St Tikhon's was build to house single students. So, the married students often find themselves living quite a distance from campus in one of the surrounding towns. 

For the first 3 years we were one of those families. We reserved an apartment sight unseen, and when we arrived we found a small apartment smack dab on Main Street - literally if you took 5 steps out of our front door you would be standing in the busy road. Other students lived in apartments much too small for their families. I heard of one family with 2 children, who lived in a 1 bedroom apartment. They let their kids have the bedroom and at night the parents would lay a mattress down on the stair landing and would sleep there. Another student rented an apartment in which the floors were so soaked with cat urine, he had to sand the hard wood floors to try and remove the smell. 

Our stories are not unique. Everyone who serves the Lord, sacrifices something. Thank God, there are many people who are trying to make this one sacrifice - a suitable living environment for students - less burdensome. The St. Tikhon Married Student Housing Project has been started to establish a family housing complex just down the road from the seminary. Many have already donated to this project, but there is still much work to be done. 

As an alumni of the seminary and former married student I pray that this project be completed soon, and in order to help raise money for it I am planning to run a half marathon this October in Cleveland, OH. Please consider sponsoring me for this worthy cause. Pledges can either be a flat donation for the entire race, or a per-mile pledge (half marathons are 13.1 miles). If you have any questions please feel free to contact me ( or the Cleveland FOCA President, Becky Tesar. Thank you and may God reward your generosity!

~ Fr. Joseph McCartney
Associate Priest
Archangel Michael Orthodox Church
Broadview Heights, OH

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Fr. Joseph McCartney & Cleveland R Club
Sorry for not updating sooner! The half marathon went great. Slower than k I wanted to finish, but I had a pretty bad cramp in my leg between mile 9 and 10. Nevertheless, I was able to finish strong. We have extended the deadline for last minute donations to come in. Thank you all for supporting this effort. May God bless your generosity!

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Fr. Joseph McCartney & Cleveland R Club
Wow! We have raised $14,719 as of this morning. Can we break the $15,000 mark by Saturday morning? Thank you for your support, and don't forget to encourage your friends to donate to this worthy cause!

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Fr. Joseph McCartney & Cleveland R Club
$10,000 raised so far!
Wow! Thank you to all who have donated so far for helping us get here. We have a few more weeks left to try to raise even more money for St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing. I will be doing my part by putting in a lot of hours of training until my run on October 11th. As my mileage goes up, my knees and feet are a bit more sore, but well worth it for our beloved seminary! Thank you for your support and don't forget to spread the word! 

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Fr. Joseph McCartney & Cleveland R Club
As you may know, I am currently raising funds for St. Tikhon's Married Student Housing. To do so I was planning on participating in the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on Oct. 11. I received an email from the race administrators last week notifying me that the race has been cancelled due to "lack of participation and local support". So I just wanted to clarify to anyone who has contributed or is thinking of contributing I AM STILL RUNNING a half marathon on October 11. I will just be doing it without the several thousand other people. You still have time to make donations to this cause. All proceeds will go to St Tikhon's Married Student Housing Project. Also, any donations will be matched. SO anything you give will be DOUBLED! 

Posted on August 3, 2014 by Fr. Joseph McCartney & Cleveland R Club
Alumni Pull Together in Support of Married Student Housing

Today another face was added to the ongoing story of Married Student Housing at St. Tikhon’s Seminary.  Inspired by the recent announcement by fellow alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) and his campaign to raise support for the Married Student Housing Program by running a half-marathon this fall, Dn. Mark and Mat. Christine Hoeplinger have responded in a big way.

When asked what inspired them to make such a strong show of support for the program, Dn. Mark replied “When I heard about the Run for Married Student Housing I remember thinking to myself this is exactly the type of initiative that not only our alumni organization but all of our faithful supporters need to get behind.  We believe wholeheartedly in what Fr. Joseph is doing and why he is doing it. I am passionate about this program and I am determined to see it succeed!”  

Dn. Mark is so determined that he has pledged to match dollar for dollar every new donation received on behalf of the Run for Married Student Housing. He added “Practically everyone can make a donation of some kind. If you sponsor the run at $10 a mile, that's only $131.  Most can afford that. And I will Match everyone that does it. If you can afford to donate a thousand dollars a mile I will match that as well. Everyone needs to get behind Fr. Joseph and St. Tikhon’s so we can finally make this Married Student Housing Program a reality.”

Once again all sponsorships for the “Run for Married Student Housing” can be made via the YouCaring Website or by following the link providedhere.There you can also track the progress of the giving campaign, as well as see each of the names of the contributors who have already given to this extremely important endeavor.

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Fr. Joseph McCartney & Cleveland R Club
Thank you so much to the attendees of the 88th National FOCA Convention held in Gettysburg this past weekend. They made a plea to support this cause and boy did they respond! They boosted our total pledge amount to $3,948! We still have a few months until the marathon, and this will definitely help us meet our goal. Thank you to all who donated!
~ Fr Joseph

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