The St Paul’s University Chapel in Nairobi will Sunday hold a Special Intention Mass to pray for Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-two hour quest. Eliud is a staunch Catholic and the St Paul’s community has dedicated the service because “Eliud is a source of inspiration for the youth here and abroad.”
St Paul’s University Chapel is celebrating its golden jubilee and the Church’s choir — that will today wear special INEOS 1:59 T-shirts — has put together special songs for the Kenyan legend.
The readings will include Philippians 4:13 that says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Kipchoge continues to inspire widely. Last year, Eliud became a diplomat of sorts after he was given the prestigious United Nations Kenya Person of the Year Award. In a move that turned on its head the adage that a prophet is not honoured in his home town, a beaming Kipchoge stood at the podium at the United Nations Office in Gigiri using the same lectern that has been used by presidents and top UN bosses including the late Kofi Anan, Ban Ki-Moon and Antonio Guterres.
The award that was presented by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma recognised the legendary athlete’s extraordinary performances on the track, his work on HIV/Aids in Kenya and his endurance and courage. On her part Juma extolled Kipchoge’s athletic heroism and determination to advance the spirit of sports.
In essence, Kipchoge is now a diplomat, which is befitting.