Monday, May 03, 2010
Jesuit to Embark on 5,000-mile Bike Trek for Poverty Awareness
Fr. Matt Ruhl, SJ, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City, Mo., will begin a 5000-mile bike ride on Memorial Day with 12 other riders that will wrap up on Labor Day in Key West.
Inspired after reading Catholic Charities USA Campaign to Reduce Poverty, Fr. Ruhl, decided to combine his passion for the poor with his passion for cycling to promote this innovative plan to reduce poverty and Cycling for Change was born.
During the 100-day challenge, the Cycling for Change team will stop in several places, including an Indian Reservation, a Louisiana prison, and a recovering area of New Orleans. Communities along the route will be encouraged to highlight local poverty issues and to raise funds to benefit local poverty-reducing programs. Fr. Ruhl also will say Mass along the way.
To learn more, view the route, and read the riders' blog, go to www.cyclingforchange.org . [Cycling for Change]
This is my pastor & friend. He's an amazing person.