On Feb 11th, Sr. Madonna Buder will be interviewed on the set of the live CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”.
Sr. Madonna has an amazing story which began in a prominent St. Louis family to a Catholic Convent and finally to championship finish lines all over the world.
As a beautiful young woman, she became an elegant equestrian and accomplished amateur actress. But as she describes in this intimate memoir, she had a secret plan as early as 14: she wanted to devote her life to God.
She lived a mostly cloistered life as a Nun until her late forties, when a Priest suggested she take a run on the beach. More than thirty years later, she is known as the Iron Nun for all the triathlons she has won. Just five years ago, the age 75–79 category was created for her at the Hawaiian Ironman in Kona, where she completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full 26.2-mile marathon in record time.
Sr. Madonna wrote that "It is my faith that has carried me through life’s ups and downs," she writes. "Whenever injured, I wait for the Lord to pick me up again and set me on my feet, confidently reminding Him, ‘God, you know, my intent is to keep running toward you.’"
Coach Dan Duddy will also be interviewed on This is the Day. Coach Duddy coaches high school football at Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River, New Jersey. Coach Duddy’s football ministry has led to him becoming a national speaker. The Trenton Monitor Newspaper wrote of Coach Duddy saying, “During his first year at Monsignor Donovan, Duddy began to pray with his players before and after practices and games, and he brought along Bible verses to reflect on with the team. “I wanted to make sure that we were a team of prayer,” he said.
Players also attend weekly Mass together. Since beginning his football ministry, Duddy has become a national speaker, sharing his philosophy and approach to coaching young men while helping them to develop their spirituality. Duddy added that he has never felt better about his role in helping to build the faith of his players, and helping them to integrate faith into their daily lives. What they take away will serve them not only on the field, but throughout their futures.”
Dan has recently been nominated for National "Catholic Coach of the Year" by the Chicago Bears affiliated "Sports Faith International".