Jesuit Trains for 5,000-mile Bike Trek to Raise Awareness of Poverty

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Priests aren’t exactly known to represent the bike community, but that doesn’t meant they don’t hit the pavement on two wheels once in a while.

Jesuit Father Matt Ruhl, pastor of St.  Francis Xavier Church in Kansas City, Mo., is about to embark on a 5,000-mile ride in order to raise awareness for poverty-related issues. Ruhl plans to embark on Memorial Day from Cape Flattery, Wash., with 12 other riders, wrapping up on Labor Day in Key West, Fla. Ruhl’s journey by bike will take him through various stops, including an Indian Reservation, a prison and a recovering area of New Orleans. The focus of the trip is to highlight poverty problems and to raise money for programs that benefit the poor.

For the full article, please click here.  You can watch Fr. Ruhl’s interview with KMBC-TV on his planned ride below.

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