Reacting to Kipchoge’s historic victory, clergy, religious, and laity in Kenya have seen him as a man of great inspiration, some interpreting his success in the context of the Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM) whose theme is “Baptized and Sent.”
“Eliud Kipchoge, baptized and sent! I saw his mother with a white Rosary on her neck. This is just how faith is handed on in the family set up. The mother passes it on to the child,” Fr. Samuel Nyattaya of Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese has shared with ACI Africa and added, “Am so happily surprised at the demonstration of his Catholic Faith!”
“Our God is unlimited; human being is created in the image of this God thus s/he too is not limited and that is what Eliud believes "NO HUMAN IS LIMITED",” Sr. Margaret Mutiso has told ACI Africa, citing the slogan under which Kipchoge undertook his Saturday herculean race.
“I believe that God is happy to see us putting efforts to maximize our potential. He (God) must have been so happy to see this courageous Kenyan encouraging the entire world with his belief,” Sr. Mutiso who belongs to the Daughters of Sacred Heart said and added, “He (Kipchoge) is advocating for a peaceful world where all live together in harmony and we're not limited to do that.”
“Faith is the sum of truth revealed by God. Secondly the desire of God is written in (the) human heart. Given Kipchoge’s mantra that no human person is limited, one sees faith in action in the desire he had proclaimed of winning,” Fr. Alex Okware has told ACI Africa.
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“Kipchoge inspires us to be the best at what we do, whatever it is. We should never settle for mediocrity. I am really proud of him,” Fr. Antony Mwituria has shared with ACI Africa.
“Determination and put God ahead of everything ... And everything will be yours,” Fr. Micah Kemboi shared with ACI Africa and added, “I am happy.”
“Am excited that he's Kenyan first but touched by his faith and determination,” Sr. Joan Namulanda of School Sisters of Notre Dame has told ACI Africa
“It is so inspiring to see how our brother athlete Eliud Kipchoge has given his all in the INEOS 1:59 challenge and amazing how Kenyans from around the globe, regardless of religion, ethnic group, are filled with enthusiasm and are proud,” Fr. Joshua Mege shared with ACI Africa and added, “May the Lord bless his passion to enrich lives and in the spirit of the Gospel (and) bring joy to faces and hearts to the least in our society.”
“It's no mean feat. Very proud that he has made it and he doesn't shy away from letting his faith have a role to play in his achievement,” Fr. Patrick Shyachi has told ACI Africa.
“I congratulate him. Despite being a man who believes in himself he has strong faith in God,” Sr. Nancy Karanja has told ACI Africa and added with regard to Eliud Kipchoge, “He is a risk taker, a man of action. He is a mentor.”
“Considering the fact that he engaged his home Church to pray for his victory, it makes me very proud to be a Catholic,” Francisca Musa has shared ACI Africa.
“The University is planning to celebrate another Mass for him in his presence immediately he is back in the country,” Fr. Kaigua of Nairobi University Chaplaincy revealed in a Saturday interview with ACI Africa.
Saturday, October 12 has been about Kenyan world record marathoner Eliud Kipchoge making history by engaging all available resources at his disposal, including his Catholic faith. He has shown the world that what is considered impossible can be possible, setting a stake in the marathon race for the rest of humanity to chase after perpetually.
Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla is ACI Africa’s founding Editor-in-Chief. He was formed in the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), and later incardinated in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan. He has a PhD in Media Studies from Daystar University in Kenya, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Marist College, New York, USA.