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Halfway There: Jesuit's 5000-mile Bike Trek for Poverty Awareness

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Matt_RuhlPriests 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., embarked May 29th on a 5,052-mile ride hoping to raise awareness on poverty-related issues. The Cycling for Change team is riding 5,052 miles from Cape Flattery, Wash., to Key West, Fla., to promote Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty, a plan to cut poverty in half by 2020. 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.

As of July 6, Ruhl and his team were in Fort Collins, Colo., and headed to Denver; they have covered more than 2,000 miles of their 5,052-mile ride.

“So far so good,” Father Ruhl told Catholic News Service in a recent phone interview after riding approximately 70 miles that day. Team members, who range in age from 24 to 80, average 65 miles per day. The volunteer cycling team is a group of lawyers, doctors, social workers, photographers and retirees, all of whom are dedicated to addressing the issue of poverty.

The Cycling for Change team has a support team of four and will be joined along the way by additional cyclists who will ride for shorter segments of the trip. Each cyclist was sponsored for the ride. Updates and information can be found on the team’s website http://cyclingforchange.org, where a blog and live tracker for Father Ruhl and the team is provided.

You can watch Fr. Ruhl’s interview with KMBC-TV about his ride below.

Halfway There: Jesuit’s 5000-mile Bike Trek for Poverty Awareness

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Matt_RuhlPriests 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., embarked May 29th on a 5,052-mile ride hoping to raise awareness on poverty-related issues. The Cycling for Change team is riding 5,052 miles from Cape Flattery, Wash., to Key West, Fla., to promote Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty, a plan to cut poverty in half by 2020. 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.

As of July 6, Ruhl and his team were in Fort Collins, Colo., and headed to Denver; they have covered more than 2,000 miles of their 5,052-mile ride.

“So far so good,” Father Ruhl told Catholic News Service in a recent phone interview after riding approximately 70 miles that day. Team members, who range in age from 24 to 80, average 65 miles per day. The volunteer cycling team is a group of lawyers, doctors, social workers, photographers and retirees, all of whom are dedicated to addressing the issue of poverty.

The Cycling for Change team has a support team of four and will be joined along the way by additional cyclists who will ride for shorter segments of the trip. Each cyclist was sponsored for the ride. Updates and information can be found on the team’s website http://cyclingforchange.org, where a blog and live tracker for Father Ruhl and the team is provided.

You can watch Fr. Ruhl’s interview with KMBC-TV about his ride below.

Jesuit Jim Siwicki on the Brother's Vocation

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Where does a Jesuit come from?

Why does he join the Society of Jesus?

How does he know his calling?

The Jesuit Conference of the United States has launched a new video series interviewing Jesuits from across the country discussing their vocations, their various paths to becoming a Jesuit and what it has meant to them to answer God’s call. National Jesuit News will feature a new video interview each week. You can watch additional videos by going to the Jesuits Revealed channel on YouTube.

Today’s video features Jesuit Brother Jim Siwicki discussing the unique calling for Jesuits who are brothers. Br. Siwicki is a Jesuit from the California Province of the Society of Jesus where he is the vocation director for the province. You can watch additional videos with Siwicki here and here at the Jesuits Revealed channel on YouTube.

Jesuit Jim Siwicki on the Brother’s Vocation

Jesuits Revealed Videos


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Where does a Jesuit come from?

Why does he join the Society of Jesus?

How does he know his calling?

The Jesuit Conference of the United States has launched a new video series interviewing Jesuits from across the country discussing their vocations, their various paths to becoming a Jesuit and what it has meant to them to answer God’s call. National Jesuit News will feature a new video interview each week. You can watch additional videos by going to the Jesuits Revealed channel on YouTube.

Today’s video features Jesuit Brother Jim Siwicki discussing the unique calling for Jesuits who are brothers. Br. Siwicki is a Jesuit from the California Province of the Society of Jesus where he is the vocation director for the province. You can watch additional videos with Siwicki here and here at the Jesuits Revealed channel on YouTube.

After Fort Benning: What's Next for the Ignatian Solidarity Network and School of the Americas?


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Since 1995, Jesuits, lay partners and members of the broader Ignatian family have gathered with others organizations at the gates of Fort Benning, Ga., to call for the closure of the School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. On Nov. 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests were shot to death by a Salvadoran military squad, who then proceeded to murder the Jesuits’ housekeeper and her daughter while they slept. The Salvadoran soldiers, who killed these Jesuits and their companions, were trained at the SOA. The Ignatian Solidarity Network annually hosted a teach-in for justice prior to the protest at the fort’s gates.

In 2009, the ISN gathered the national Ignatian family for its final year of participation in the SOA protest. While other groups will carry on at Fort Benning, the ISN is transitioning to a regional model of raising awareness. The focus will be on teaching and informing the public about a variety of issues in their local area.

Watch the video below to hear more about last fall’s protest and the transition plans for ISN.