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Team Mission of Our Lady of the Angels 2020!

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Supporting Mission of Our Lady of the Angels! Join me on zoom on 8/23 here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4ea9a92ea57-srstephanies

$145,918.35 of $81,950.04
Resized treadmill marathon 2

I'm going to run a marathon on a treadmill on August 23 to

(1) Support the outreach efforts here at Mission of Our Lady of the Angels (see below). We are have been serving 2-3 times as many people as normal during the pandemic. We also are trying to finish the renovation of our new outreach center. Please help us continue! 

(2) Be in solidarity with all those seniors and homebound people who are stuck inside during the COVID-19 pandemic

(3) BREAK THE TREADMILL WORLD RECORD!!! You may say, "how is that possible?" Well, it appears as if no woman has ever recorded a time for a marathon on a treadmill before! So, here I come. First ever woman to try to record a time for a marathon on a treadmill. 

(4) Get Team OLA over the $1,000,000 cumulative fundraising amount! If we raised $146,000 this year, Team OLA 2011-2020 will have raised over $1,000,000! That's amazing! 

PLEASE donate today!! Prayers for all of you!

Please consider joining me on zoom on 8/23! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4ea9a92ea57-srstephanies

More about Mission OLA: 

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels exists to provide material and spiritual support to the W. Humboldt Park, Chicago- one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the US. The Mission feeds about 2000 families a month, provides additional material and pastoral support to families, youth, and senior citizens, and, most importantly, brings the love of Christ to a neighborhood desperately in need of hope. More info about the Mission at www.missionola.com

(1) Continue to respond to the complicated needs created by COVID-19 and the social unrest of summer 2020

-The Mission's neighborhood was hard hit by COVID-19, the economic effects of COVID-19, and many businesses were looted and burned in summer 2020. We will continue to respond with additional material and social service support. 

(2) Help the Mission finish the renovations on its new outreach center to the neighborhood

-The new outreach center will provide the very needed space for the Mission's donation storage/ distribution, a handicapped accessible kitchen/ dining room, meeting space for neighborhood and retreat groups, and a 45+ bedroom retreat center for volunteers and retreat guests. See more HERE about the renovation project!

Donate today to be part of the miracle that is TEAM OLA!

The Mission is a 501(c)(3) and relies entirely on the donations of private donors. 


Great job Stephanie!

Katherine Castree

Way to go Sister!!! Keep on truckin!

Frances Kosac

God bless you!

Linda Carkhuff

I hope as the upcoming holidays approach this can help make a difference for others. With love and peace, Yvette

Yvette Bartley

Thank you for all the work that you do serving those in most need in the near west side. May God continue to bless your mission and each and every one of you who help make this all happen.


Thank You Sister Stephanie & everyone involved with Our Lady of the Angels. You are all amazing. The McNulty's

McNulty Family

I heard about you just a couple of days ago from Lisa Zimmer and just watched the last part of the video from your marathon. Great job!! What you are doing in your community is being “Jesus with skin on,” as my pastor likes to say. Congratulations on setting this world record, but a bigger congrats on one of the many wonderful things you are doing to give Father glory and make His name and renown great.

Kristina Miller

Incredible work, Sister Steph! Incredibly inspired by your continuous work, love, and dedication. Go Team OLA!!

Dan Kremske

Read about your run in the paper and wanted to support your important work ... plus you went to a great college too! Go Illini!

Steve And Jill DeAtley

We are parents of former Auburn Xc and track runner Ann Risley 1992-1996. Proud of Sr. Stephanie,

Dave And Diane Risley

Your joy and determination is contagious Sister Stephanie!


Thank you, Sister Stephanie Baliga, for being such an inspiration. Know of my continued prayers. - Fr. Guastello

Fr. Michael Guastello

From all of us at Six Minute Mile -- Congrats on an amazing performance!!!

David Lavallee

Congrats Sister Stephanie. You’re an inspiration all your own.

Craig Johnson

Way to go Sister Stephanie!

Lou Storino

Congratulations Sister! You’re Awesome!

Sandy Martinez

Best wishes to you all. You are truly demonstrating the "works" of your faith.

George Collias

Go Sister Stephanie! I grew up with your mom and still live 2 houses away from your grandparents home in Skokie. My dad also list many friends in the OLoA fire long ago. Thanks for all you do!

Allison Zidek

Great job sister! Sending love and prayers from Texas.

Mariella Massa

Way to go, Sister Stephanie! What a great way to make a difference.

Casey And John Plackett

Congratulations, from Alex & Caroline!

Alex Blair

You have inspired me! Thank you! God bless you and may the Force ever be with you!

Turhan Jordan

Thank you Sister Stephanie!! Rita Campe

Rita Campe

You inspire us!

Patrizia And Mary Acerra

Great job, Sister!

Patricia Durkin

Sister Stephanie, you are such an inspiration to young Catholic women especially my daughters Emily and Stephanie who helped on Tuesdays this summer. Thank you for your ministry! Run, Sister, Run

Carol Ann Zalinski

Sister I had registered to run the Chicago Marathon as well but it was cancelled, so here it's my entry fee so you can continue bringing God's blessings to our brothers and sisters of Chicago. You are my inspiration as a runner, as a missionary and as a child of God!!!

Rosario Juarez

Sr. Stephanie! We could not be prouder of you! You are such a total ROCK STAR! The world is a better place with you in it and we are lucky to call you friend!

Angela Liegel

Congratulations. It was inspiring watching you. I am a family friend of Sister Emily and was super glad to see her too. What a great cause!!

Chris Lake

Go Sister! You make us - Catholic women - so proud!! Thank you.

Maggie Rizzio

Go Sister Baliga. #rockfordproud!

Nancy & Mark Kalchbrenner

Sr. Stephanie: Way to use your God given gifts to further His Kingdom...run on!

Luis Ramirez

Way to go, Sr Stephanie! May God Bless your and your community's ded

Jeanny Foster

Go Sister! We need more people like you!


Come Holy Spirit!!!

Rick And Kelly Aguayo

God Speed Sister Stephanie!!

Bob Lanigan

God Bless you, Sister Stephanie!

Rebecca Vallorano

Sr Stephanie—-you’re a glowing bright spot in a difficult Covid year.

James Norton

You are Blessed and a Blessing

Kevin O'Donnell

Congratulations Stephanie!


May God bless each and every one of you on this mission to serve. I'm so inspired by Sr. Stephanie. What a wonderful event and clever idea!

Lisa Peterson

Congrats Sr Stephanie! In honor of my Grandma & Grandpa McFarland & Mother who went to school there. I have many fond memories of going to Church with my Grandpa (50-60's).

Anna Duerr

You are awesome!!!!! Thank you for doing this!!!!


It’s things like this that make me proud to be Catholic!

Tara Pesta

Congratulations - Thank you for all you've given and continue to give.

John Ehlert

Thank you, Sisters and Brothers, for your ministry and to Sister Stephanie for running the treadmill marathon and getting social media coverage so I that I had the opportunity to co tribute toward your ministry.

Valerie Walker

What you are doing is amazing and awesome! As you complete this marathon, remind yourself why you are doing all of this. It will help you get through. "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Napolean Hill All the best from a Chicagoan in Amsterdam. Jill

Jill Dorjath

God bless the Franciscans! Your mission is in our prayers. From the Casiple Family, Romeo, Rebecca, Francis, Gabriel & Delia

Rebecca Casiple

In memory of Mr and Mrs Ed Jandris , Sister Remi and victims of OLA fire

Thomas Jandris

Way to go Sr. Stephanie! God bless you. Pat Doyle & Kathy Murdock

Patrick Doyle

Great job Sister Stephanie! You are amazing and I love your "can do" attitude. "With God all things are possible".

Kathy And Joe Klevorn

Sr. I’m blessed to know you. Hoping I can run with you one day! Jeff Kenny Hidden Talents

Jeff Kenny

We are cheering from your hometown, Rockford IL. Bless you Sister Stephanie!

Molly Klazura

Go Sister Stephanie!!!

Jill Anderson

Constantly in awe of your strength and witness to the faith! I’m surprised the treadmill can keep up with you! Love, support, and prayers from the Niermeyer family!

William Niermeyer

Looking good! One of my favorite photo subjects.... In the world! Go Sister Stephanie... Love you guys!

Karen Callaway


Laura Wilson Underwood

Good luck Sister! From your friend Christina’s Mom💕

Carol Czekaj

God Bless you!

Nelson Abreu

Run Sister Stephanie Run! Go Sister Go! Praying for you!


Way to go St. Stephanie and OLA.

Elena Donoso Brown

Greetings from West Texas! Go Sister Stephanie!!! You are an inspiration to us all!!

Dottie Duncan

God Bless you and good luck on your run!

Paul Sitkowski

Inspired by your efforts to serve and help others in need. Best of luck attaining your goals, and keep going!!


Peter and Molly are donating to this worthy cause in memory of our wonderful friend, Greg Kmoch.

Peter Honigmann

Fantastic! Thank you Sr. Stephanie, Fr. Bob Lombardo and Fr. Benedict Groeschel for all you have done and continue to do for so very many. God bless you all.

Lisa Dailey

Run, Sister, run!

Margarita Prieto

Run Sister Run, the friends in Ohio our rooting for you.


Way to go, Sr. Steph! Great article in Sunday Tribune.

Angela Schreiner

We are so inspired by your mission, Sister and all people of charity and grace!!!

Kathryn And Drew Crowley

Go girl!!

Bertha De Avila

God bless you Sr. Stephanie and all the good works that you do.


Keep going Sr Stephanie!!!

Debi Bernish

God Bless you Sr. Stephanie and your mission💙


Run on, Sister Stephanie! You are an inspiration!

Erika Saltzman

You and your mission are a blessing.


Way to go! Keep on running! Don't give up!


God Bless you Sister Stephanie, prayers and a virtual high 5 from your cheering fans. I hope you crush your goal!

Michael Jasinski

Way to go Michelle!

Patti Hayes

Persevere in running the race that lies before us. -Hebrews 12:1, OLA Team 2011

Claire And Francisco Zoellner

You are inspiring!! Thank you for what you do!!!!

Betty Ortiz

Much love to OLA from our Catholic Illini family! 💙🧡 - Brian and Kristin (Theros) Miller (+James and Dude #2)

Kristin Miller

Our Lady of Loretto carry you through this journey and over the finish line in record time like the Angels carried her home. Love you Sister - you looked like Daddy's little girl waiting to start - and the Father's little girl will waltz with you till the last stride! Can't wait for the moment! God Bless

Acs Enterprises Inc

Go get it Sister Stephanie ❤️ From the K4K team in Elmhurst!

Laura Maniola

Go Sister!!!

Thomas Joyce

Keep going Sr. Steph! You are amazing!

Julie Keefe

Go, Sister, go!

Ellen Fogarty

Good Luck today, Sr Stephanie! Thank You for all you & the parish do for others. Best, Val


You go Sister! God bless you and your community's work. Our Lady of the Angels will always have a spot in my heart-I was a Catholic school pupil when the fire occurred over 60 years ago.


You’ll do it Sister Stephanie!

Daneen Jachino

God bless you Sr. Stephanie. We have you in our prayers!

Michael Flight

Go sister!

Rich Bensinger

Sr Baliga, You GO Girl! Fly like the Angels! Love, Mike & Therese Niemiec Parents of Mallory Hintz

Therese Niemiec

Prayers coming your way!! This is one of the most amazing causes I've given to!!

Meghan Mccann

We’re so inspired by your energy and spirit, and will be cheering you on today! Aylice, Sean, and the Gorman family

Aylice Toohey

Sister, you are an amazing inspiration! Thank you for inspiring all of us.

Clare Sullivan

From one running Stephanie to another! Go Sister Stephanie!

Stephanie Plancich

Go Sister Stephanie! I saw your story on the news and it is so inspiring. We need a feel good story right now.


Go sister!

Nathan Brown

Good Luck Sr. Stephanie - Gretchen Cox and family.

Cathleen Martwick

Run Sister Run!! Your coworkers from Thresholds, my family, and I salute your work and The Mission.

Julie Skokna

Run Sister! Angels are running with you.


May God bless you and all your good works!


Love your mission God bless!


You GO girl! Modeling fitness and goodwill towards others in one shot. Love it. God bless you, your mission and our unity in helping others in need. ILL!


Go Sister Stephanie from your California Crew!

Mary Jackson

Bob,Quinn and I have you and the Mission in our thoughts and prayers daily. Run like the wind! Leslie.

Leslie Denvir

Go Sr. Stephanie and God bless!

Gwen Evans

God bless you! You will do it!


We love you Sr. Stephanie!

Justin And Rocio Czarnowski

Happy to support our wonderful Catholic nuns! Good luck, God bless!

Becky Dufern

You are running the good race. God bless you and all of the people of OLA and the City of Chicago.


God bless you, Sister Stephanie!

Kate Kaeli

God Bless you Sister! We will keep you in our prayers for your treadmill race.

Lisa Helms Guba

May you run with ANGEL WINGS! Phil & Adele K

Phil & Adele Krueger

Run Sister Run!!! 👍🏼

Jane Sell

Best of luck from Colorado!

Gary Bilek

Thank you for your mission Sr Stephanie! From a former Chicagoan!


Greetings from South Texas (originally from Chicago)... God speed Sr. Stephanie, you got this!! :)

Dora Rodriguez-Rosa

Good luck, Sister Stephanie! Thanks for all you do for others!

Rich And Marianne Beddome

You rock! Good luck and have fun. I will be watching.

Jean Walsh

Go Sr. Stephanie!! Can’t be there this year, but cheering you on!! God bless you for your work!!! Patti T (aka Janet - CA Crew)

Patricia Trimble

Good luck Sister!

Francis Gorchos

As a Norte Dame, Loyola and U of Illinois grad congratulations. I have had the pleasure of meeting you several years ago with my Norte Dame classmate Father Bob God bless Dr Bob Barnes

Robert Barnes

Good luck Sister!!!


Hurray to Sr. Stephanie! Happy to join you in this marathon. Happy Running! God Bless!


Go Sr Stephanie Go!!! You certainly have the strength, perseverance and positive attitude to get your goals! We will be cheering for you!! Delia and Krystina O'Connor

Delia O'Connor

God bless you and the community you serve.


Good luck Sister Stephanie!

Carolyn Kos

Praying for an extra generous measure of peace to you during all those miles on a treadmill!

Jon Schindler

You go! Good luck.

Irene Rundblom

Very inspiring. God will cure your blisters.


Your spirit is inspiring!! ❤️


You can DO this Sister Stephanie!! xoxo Jack and Connor

Ann Laufter

You go, Sister! You are a strong woman!

Barbara Mackey

Just read the article in the Trib. Blessings from Iowa, Sister! God bless you and all of the Sisters of Saint Francis!

Susan Rebedeau Rod Schlader

Run, Sister, run!


You got this!


Hi Sister Stephanie we are so excited for you. You are an awesome person. GOD BLESS YOU much love from Deanna, Maximus, Milanya and Ceasar

Ceasar Faycurry

You’re an inspiration, Sister Stephanie! Keep on trucking!

Jeff Ambrose

Good luck, Sister Stephanie!

Judith Foyle

Go Sister, you can do it!

Mary Spera

All the best to you Stephanie!

Rachel Grove


Stephanie Arnold

God Bless you sister !

Donna Donovan

Go, Sister Stephanie!

Kimberley Heatherington, Ofs

Go Sister Stephanie!!!

Samuel Darling

Run Sister Run!!!

Lewis Williams

Good luck 🍀, Sister Stephanie! You’re an inspiration! Best wishes on your run!

Kate Kiernan

YAY... go Sr. Stephanie!!

Fr. Steven Bauer

I wish all the school nuns I had were as giving as you are. Give 'em h--l!!...sorry, sister

Susan Stefanski

Sr. Stephanie you are an inspiration to all who know you and know of you! We will be praying for you. Love, The Barry's at MSW

Sean And Michelle Barry

As a disappointed Charity Chicago Marathoner (over 30 Chicago Marathons, most for St Jude or Between Friends), I know how disappointing the cancellation is. I also know how hard it is to raise funds as I have a harder time each year because I am retired from teaching at Roberto Clemente Academy for 8 years now and my donors have dried up, died or have forgotten me. Good luck and God speed with your efforts. I will be running my virtual marathon in October, God willing, with my St. Judes coach. Mike Hogan

Michael Hogan

Go, Sister, go! God bless you!

Kevin Gardner

Go Sr Stephanie!! The Locascio Family

Wendy Locascio

From a 3:27 marathoner.

Robert Shaw

Sr. Stephanie, I’d join you in solidarity if I had a treadmill! Although then I’d be tempted to race you for the record. Seriously wish I was there in person to cheer you on and pray for your efforts. I’ll be logging my long run miles for you from San Francisco this weekend!


God Bless

John Norton

Go Sister!

Emily Roach

Way to go Sr. Stephanie! 💗 Kathryn & Gary Severyn

Kathryn Severyn

God speed Sister

Shirley Guth

You folks are amazing. God bless you, we need all the prayers we can get. Thank you for being you

Michael Sinnott

Praying for you and all that you and the community of OLA does! God bless!


You go Sister!!! You are truly an inspiration. God bless those feet and legs .

Geri Leatherbury

“Speed I am speed” -Lightning McQueen

William Solmos

Good luck, Sr. Stephanie!!

Kevin Adley

$5 for each mile.. good luck

Rory Polera

Great idea!! Looking forward to watching the “Nun Run” and set a world record.


Hey Sister, here's $52.40....26.2 from both Dave and I!

Jillian Lemery

Go, Sr. Stephanie, go!!!


We know you can do it, Sister Stephanie! We will be with you in spirit as you run!

Anna And John Borchers

You are an inspiration, Sr. Stephanie! Thank you for all you do for your community and allowing us to be a part of this wonderful work.

Elsa Augustine

Go Sister Stephanie, no doubt in my mind you could do this running backwards. Bean Boy Bob

Robert Wosneski

Sister Stephanie You continue to amaze me! Stay healthy, Brad

J. Bradford James

Set the female world record!!

Kathryn Heisel

Love your spirit. You're an inspiration to us all. You go Sr!


We are rooting for you in California! Lots of love sent your way!


Go Sr. Stephanie!!! Love, Clara, Jason & Matilda Buenker

Clara Buenker

Imagine me at mile 16 yelling my heart out. You got this Sister. You are amazing. Go! Go!

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