Br. John Eustice, CSV, wears many hats in the Viatorian Community. He serves as Vice President of Viatorian Identity and Mission at Saint Viator High School, while also directing the Office of Vocation Ministry for the Province of Chicago — and keeping up with the Young Adult Ministry in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee region.
Wait, there’s more. On Sunday, Br. John will be among the 45,000 runners to do the Chicago Marathon. Admittedly, Br. John is an avid runner, starting out most mornings with a brisk run, but his commitment to train for another marathon (his third) came out of his passion to help returning, injured veterans.
Br. John is one of more than 100 team members running to fundraise for SALUTE, Inc., a Palatine-based organization whose stated mission is to help returning military.
“The transition to civilian life is often difficult, especially where there is injury,” its mission states. “SALUTE delivers short term financial assistance to bridge the temporary income gaps and meet the basic needs of post 9/11 veterans.”
Br. John has personal reasons for running. Not only does he want to make sure veterans receive the best care possible to help make their lives successful, but he points to a family member and a brother Viatorian who returned from Vietnam as injured veterans.
“Help me to support real change for our veterans today,” Br. John says. “Let’s support good in the world and make a difference. Help provide a financial safety net for injured veterans and their families for SALUTE, Inc.”