The vocations awareness event, sponsored by the Vocations Office for Diocesan Priesthood, began Aug. 8 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary as eight seminarians and a support crew began their 150-mile cycling tour of nine parishes in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, including the first, St. Maximilian Kolbe in West Chester. Read about the opening stage of the journey in our Local News section, here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Father Stephen DeLacy, director of the archdiocesan Vocations Office for Diocesan Priesthood, leads a blessing prayer Aug. 8 before the seminarians begin their bike ride from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Deb Mirenda, whose son Dominic is among the seminarian riders, cheers on the men as they depart from the seminary.
Seminarian cyclists leave St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood Aug. 8 for the first leg of their 150-mile Biking for Vocations effort to promote vocations to priesthood and religious life with visits to nine parishes over four days.
Seminarians dig into lunch, thanks to the staff of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, along with parishioners Aug. 8.
After lunch seminarians had fun tossing Frisbees with parishioners in the St. Maximilian Kolbe School gym.
Logan Mackrell, 13, signs and swaps discs with seminarian Dominic Mirenda.
Mia Rose, age 6, gives seminarian Austin Robuck a high five at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, West Chester, before he heads back on the road toward St. Joseph Parish, Downingtown.
The riders along with seminarian Eric Tamney (in black) use a computer at St. Maximilian Kolbe to check their route. The men also used apps on the phones to track their progress.
The group hits a snag when Austin Robuck’s chain comes off its gear. No worries — the men worked together and were all back on the road in just minutes.
The seminarians in their conspicuous bright jerseys made an impression on the roads through suburban Philadelphia, and the men spoke with curious onlookers along the way.
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