5K run on cattle paths and rural roads set to pave way for women’s vocations

Categories: Around the Diocese

August 2, 2013, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

Farms are places for growing grains, vegetables and fruit and raising all sorts of livestock.

The Molitor farm in rural Rockville, for example, owned by Joe Molitor and his brother Tom, is home to corn, alfalfa and dairy cattle.

Joe’s daughter, Kristin, and her friend, April Bechtold, believe it can also be a place for fostering vocations. As a project of the Fiat Discernment House of St. Cloud, they are hosting a 5K at the farm for women’s vocations.

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April Bechtold and Kristin Molitor, members of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, are organizing a 5K to raise money for women discerning religious vocations.
Photo by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully/The Visitor

The August 17th run begins at the corner of County Road 47 and 88th Ave. From there it will follow 88th Ave., turn at 245th St. and end with a cattle path that leads to the farm site.

A milking contest will be held and a petting zoo will be available at the Rockville farm.

“Bring your strollers and your little kids’ bikes,” said Bechtold. “We want everyone to come.”

Molitor added, “We’re excited to get everyone together for a fun, faith-filled day.”

Some priests and religious sisters have already registered for the run. Bechtold and Molitor encourage more to attend.

The event is meant to raise funds and awareness for women who are discerning religious life. Specifically, the run can provide funding for a woman participating in a retreat for her discernment or other needs she might have; it is not for bills of the Fiat House but for women discerning, Bechtold said.

Molitor and Bechtold, both members of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, started the Fiat House in February as a place for women to live while discerning their vocation. The house is not tied to any particular religious order. Its name, Fiat, refers to Mary’s yes at the annunciation.

Currently, Molitor, Bechtold and one other person, Marita Vievering, live in the house. They predict that other women will come and go. The women pray together daily, attend Mass together regularly, host a women’s Bible study and have offered praise and worship evenings.

For more information or for a 5K registration form, go to fiathouse.com/fiat-5k-at-the-farm or call Bechtold at 320-237-4135 or Molitor at 320-237-2241. The registration fee is $25. Children age 10 and under can participate for free.