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Pedaling Jesuit Priest’s Ride for Poverty Almost Completed

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Jesuit Father Matthew Ruhl is cycling cross country to call attention to the nation’s staggering poverty level.

After a four hour, 67 mile trek from New Orleans, Fr. Ruhl and his 15-member Cycling for Change team – 11 cyclists and four support team members – recharged their physical and spiritual batteries at Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Church on Aug. 15 before resuming their journey the next morning, en route to Dauphin Island, Ala.

After five years of intense training and planning, the group began its 5,000 mile, 100 day journey on Memorial Day in Cape Flattery, Wash. and, thus far, has traveled more than 3,000 miles. They are slated to wrap up their trip on Labor Day in Key West, Fla.

Ruhl said the idea of cycling cross country to raise poverty awareness was inspired by Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty – a plan to cut poverty in half by 2020.

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“I thought that was a pretty audacious goal, so I went to Catholic Charities USA with this idea of getting a group of riders together and traveling across country to talk about the plan and why it’s so important and they thought it was a great idea and agreed to sponsor it,” he said.

Why cycling?

“It’s a very good way to meet people and talk with people,” Ruhl said. “It’s also very convenient. It’s a traveling billboard. It always attracts attention and allows us to get from Point A to Point B – from Cape Flattery to Key West – in about 100 days without pushing too hard so we can meet and greet people. It also corresponds with the 100 years that Catholic Charities USA has been in existence.”

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Pedaling Jesuit Priest’s Ride for Poverty Almost Completed

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Jesuit Father Matthew Ruhl is cycling cross country to call attention to the nation’s staggering poverty level.

After a four hour, 67 mile trek from New Orleans, Fr. Ruhl and his 15-member Cycling for Change team – 11 cyclists and four support team members – recharged their physical and spiritual batteries at Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Church on Aug. 15 before resuming their journey the next morning, en route to Dauphin Island, Ala.

After five years of intense training and planning, the group began its 5,000 mile, 100 day journey on Memorial Day in Cape Flattery, Wash. and, thus far, has traveled more than 3,000 miles. They are slated to wrap up their trip on Labor Day in Key West, Fla.

Ruhl said the idea of cycling cross country to raise poverty awareness was inspired by Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty – a plan to cut poverty in half by 2020.

Ruhl_Quote

“I thought that was a pretty audacious goal, so I went to Catholic Charities USA with this idea of getting a group of riders together and traveling across country to talk about the plan and why it’s so important and they thought it was a great idea and agreed to sponsor it,” he said.

Why cycling?

“It’s a very good way to meet people and talk with people,” Ruhl said. “It’s also very convenient. It’s a traveling billboard. It always attracts attention and allows us to get from Point A to Point B – from Cape Flattery to Key West – in about 100 days without pushing too hard so we can meet and greet people. It also corresponds with the 100 years that Catholic Charities USA has been in existence.”

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