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October 19, 2012

Running Franciscan Raises Awareness for Interfaith Solidarity

Fr. Brian Jordan Dedicates 62 Marathon to Students of St. Francis College

For his 62nd and final marathon, Father Brian Jordan, O.F.M. is dedicating his run to promoting the cause of interfaith solidarity and to help raise money for scholarships at St. Francis College.

He kicked off his campaign with an interfaith prayer service at the College where students offered prayers in Arabic, Hebrew and English. Attendees also read from the 2002 Decalogue of Assisi, Italy, a document put together by 250 religious world leaders that states 10 principals which affirm unity, friendship, peace and solidarity among all religions. (Watch the story on SFCTV)

Fr. Brian, a Franciscan from the Holy Name Province, is a new addition to St. Francis College, joining the College’s Campus Ministry. The current Director, Bro. Thomas Grady, O.S.F. ’68, is retiring in December after 16 years leading the Ministry and guiding countless students during their time at St. Francis.

Making the New York City Marathon his final marathon has special meaning for Fr. Brian. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he is proud that almost half the race winds through his home borough. Unfortunately, the mileage, his knees and his doctors have all come together to make this his final race.

Not content to go out quiety, Fr. Brian hopes his dedication to running and to his new home will prompt people to support him and raise money to help educate future St. Francis students. Donations can be made at

Fr. Brian has been an ordained Roman Catholic priest for 29 years and holds a Doctor of Ministry from the Andover Newton Theological School. His background includes ministerial service in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland, work with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, immigrant advocacy, and service as chaplain at Ground Zero in the months following 9/11.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.


St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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