The Biking 4 Vocations (www.biking4vocations.org) pilgrims are scheduled to complete their 1400-mile, 29-day journey here in Rockville Centre this Sunday, June 14.
After biking through 11 states, 10 dioceses and five archdioceses, the team of priests and seminarians are scheduled to cross the balloon-arch finish line between the St. Agnes Parish Ministry building and the St. Agnes rectory at 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, at approximately 9:45 a.m. All are welcome to greet the pilgrims at the finish line.
Father Joseph Fitzgerald, director of vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre; Father Marc Swartvagher, academic dean for Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, Douglaston; and seminarians Stephen Rooney, Dominik Wegiel and Steven Diaz, embarked on their journey May 17 from Saint Augustine, Florida, and havebeen pedaling, praying and speaking with people about vocations along the way.
They kept in touch during the ride through social media and a video blog on their website and encouraged those following the pilgrimage to join them in exercise and prayer through the Biking 4 Vocations challenge. The challenge has been taken up across the country and around the world, with Rockville Centre’s Bishop Murphy being one of the first to take up the charge. Clergy (including some in the Vatican) and laity, individually and in groups, continue to share their videos on social media.
On Sunday, the pilgrims will take a short break after their arrival and then vest for the 11 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Murphy in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes. All are welcome to attend this Mass. Bishop Murphy will thank God for the safe completion of the pilgrimage and recognize the amazing achievement of the five riders.
Following Mass, the Biking 4 Vocations pilgrims will thank all visitors and supporters during fellowship on the lawn area adjacent to the Cathedral.