|Biking for Babies cyclists|
Two Legionary priests participated in long-distance endurance competitions during the
month of July, 2013, one to bring awareness to prolife
causes and the other raising funds for his religious community.
From July 6 - 14, a group of 15
bicyclists road 1,200 miles from New Orleans to Chicago. They
were joined during the last part of that ride by
Fr Michael Moriarty LC, who was invited along as chaplain.
During the final day of the trip, Fr. Michael celebrated
Mass for the young people in Champaign, Illinois, and then
rode with them 140 miles for the last leg of
the eight-day trip. He also heard confessions, gave spiritual direction
and presented Gospel reflections.
According to their press release, Biking
for Babies (B4B) was founded by Illinois Urbana-Champaign students Jimmy
Becker, 25, and Mike Schaefer, 23, to promote “the dignity
of life from conception to natural death by sharing the
joy of living through cycling and campaigning for pregnancy centers
across America.” The team also includes students, seminarians and professionals
from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Alabama, Virginia, Florida, and Wisconsin.
awesome to be involved with this cultivation of the culture
of life,” said Fr. Michael. “And I’m happy to say
the B4B group reached their $50,000 fundraising goal for women´s
pregnancy centers! The reason I participated was that I felt
called to do cycling, not just for myself -- for
my own exercise and enjoyment -- but to do it
for our Christ and others. And since the B4B riders
are a solid group of young Catholics with backgrounds in
Focus, Regnum Christi and Opus Dei, I saw how much
I could help spiritually when they asked me to serve
as a their chaplain. I was personally enriched by their
example of piety and devotion on one hand, yet on
the other by their overflowing joy and spirit if fearless
After participating with the B4B team, Fr. Michael took
some “vacation time” and joined Fr. Richard Sutter LC for
a 100-mile bike ride.
“We offered it up for our benefactors
and sponsors and prayed for them in a special way
with Mass at the end of the ride,” said Fr.
Fr. Richard Places 12th in His Age Group
A few weeks
prior, Fr. Richard completed in the half-Ironman triathlon event (70.3
miles) in Lubbock, Texas. Of the 470 participants, Fr. Richard
finished 82nd overall. He was 12th out of the 94
competitors in his age group, with a time of 5:04:31.
Richard was hoping to raise funds for the Atlanta
Legionary and Regnum Christi communities. During the competition, he said
he also prayed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for
all those who gave him prayer intentions. He extended a
special thanks to the sponsors who made his participation possible
- Mission-Source.com, the Tres Hermanos Foundation, and Health Gate.
offered our 100 mile ride and Mass after the ride
in thanksgiving to all who supported our events and causes
over the summer,” he said.