Noticias de la Diócesis de Allentown

Join Biking Seminarians and Priests for Holy Hour Friday Evening

Seminarians making a five-day bicycle pilgrimage to promote vocations to the Priesthood will arrive at Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, at around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.

A Holy Hour is planned for 7 p.m. that evening at the Cathedral. Everyone is welcome.

The event is part of the annual Biking for Vocations sojourn that features seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary near Philadelphia, joined at least part of the way by Allentown Diocese priests Father Mark Searles and Father John Gibbons.

The biking seminarians also will visit Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Bally earlier in the day. They are expected to get there at about 11:30 a.m.

“All are welcome to greet the riders when they arrive at both churches to cheer them on,” said Father Searles, Vocations Director for the Diocese. “The enthusiasm and prayers are a great boost for the riders during their long trek.

“This ride is also a great way to show that priests and seminarians enjoy every-day, ordinary activities,” said Father Searles. “Some of the riders have been training all summer for this event that requires great perseverance, a virtue so necessary for ministry.

“We look forward to praying with the riders during the 7:00 p.m. Holy Hour in the Cathedral Church,” he said. “This is a beautiful way to lift up their sacrifices during the ride to the Lord, and to unite them with Jesus' Eucharistic presence on the altar as we beg the Lord of the Harvest to send more laborers, holy and humble priests, into His vineyard of the Diocese of Allentown.”

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