WHO WE ARE

We are two priests and three seminarians, representing the Archdiocese of New York, the Brooklyn Diocese and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

We are making a 29-day,1,400-mile bike pilgrimage from Saint Augustine, Florida to Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York.

WHY THIS JOURNEY?

To give glory to God by encouraging priestly vocations and inviting local Churches to respond to Jesus’ missionary call to “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28 19-20)

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Vatican Archbishop Takes on Biking Challenge

Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, the Archbishop Secretary for Seminaries for the Congregation for the Clergy, has taken up the Biking 4 Vocations Challenge.  Scroll down for more challenge videos.  Join in and send your video to the Biking4Vocations facebook page.

Halfway to Long Island!

Seminarian Stephen Rooney talks about taking it one hill at time with the grace of God and the encouragement of the people they meet in person and through social media.

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10
May

Catholic priests and seminarians will bike 1400 miles to promote vocations to the priesthood.

As a way of raising awareness in vocations to priesthood and religious life, two Catholic priests and three seminarians will embark next month on a 29-day,1400-mile journey from Saint Augustine, Florida to Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York. Reverend Joseph Fitzgerald, Director of Vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre, who was also a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Handball Team will be riding with Father Marc Swartvagher, academic dean for Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, Douglaston, and with three seminarians (men studying to become Catholic priests) Stephen Rooney from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Dominik Wegiel from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Steven Diaz from the Archdiocese of New York. Passing through 11 states, 10 dioceses and 5 archdioceses, the biking pilgrimage will begin on May 17 in Saint Augustine, Florida and conclude on June 14, a week prior to ordination at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre,...
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Team Members

Reverend Joseph Fitzgerald

Vocations Director

Reverend Marc Swartvagher

Academic Dean/Cathedral Seminary

Steven Diaz

Seminarian , New York

Stephen Rooney

Seminarian, Rockville Centre

Dominik Wegiel

Seminarian, Rockville Centre

In Association With …

Trip Itinerary

Traveling 1400 miles through 11 states, 14 dioceses and countless
parish communities, Biking 4 Vocations will join together with local
churches, families, youth groups and vocation ministry
programs to celebrate the calling to serve God as they invite all
people to join in this effort.
Day 1
17 May 2015
Day 2
18 May 2015
Day 3
19 May 2015
Day 4
20 May 2015
Day 5
21 May 2015
Day 6
22 May 2015
Day 7
23 May 2015
Day 8
24 May 2015
Day 9
25 May 2015
Day 10
26 May 2015
Day 11
27 May 2015
Day 12
28 May 2015
Day 13
29 May 2015
Day 14
30 May 2015
Day 15
31 May 2015
Day 16
01 Jun 2015
Day 17
02 Jun 2015
Day 18
03 Jun 2015
Day 19
04 Jun 2015
Day 20
05 Jun 2015
Day 21
06 Jun 2015
Day 22
07 Jun 2015
Day 23
08 Jun 2015
Day 24
09 Jun 2015
Day 25
10 Jun 2015
Day 26
11 Jun 2015
Day 27
12 Jun 2015
Day 28
13 Jun 2015
Day 29
14 Jun 2015

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
Fr. David Ruchinski, Vocation Director
Contact: Kathy Martens
11625 Old St. Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32258
904-262-3200 ext. 101

MASS IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
Fr. David Ruchinski, Vocation Director
Contact: Kathy Martens
11625 Old St. Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32258
904-262-3200 ext. 101
Mass at Rustic Altar

23.7 MILES TO PONTE VEDRA, FLORIDA

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
Fr. David Ruchinski, Vocation Director
Contact: Kathy Martens
11625 Old St. Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32258
904-262-3200 ext. 101
6:30 p.m. Community dinner and discussion at the home of parishioners in Ponta Vedra

MASS IN PONTE VEDRA, FLORIDA

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
Fr. David Ruchinski, Vocation Director
Contact: Kathy Martens
11625 Old St. Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32258
904-262-3200 ext. 101

53.9 MILES TO YULEE, FLORIDA

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
Fr. David Ruchinski, Vocation Director
Contact: Kathy Martens
11625 Old St. Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32258
904-262-3200 ext. 101
6 p.m. Dinner/fellowship, home of parishioner in Fernandina Beach

DEPART YULEE, FLORIDA

Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
Fr. David Ruchinski, Vocation Director
Contact: Kathy Martens
11625 Old St. Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32258
904-262-3200 ext. 101

82.6 MILES TO BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Vocation Director: Fr. Pablo Migone
Office: 2170 Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404
Office Phone: 912 201 4113
Mass, 7 p.m.

DEPART BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Vocation Director: Fr Pablo Migone
Office: 2170 Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404
Office Phone: 912 201 4113
Mass at 7 p.m., followed by fellowship at St. James the Lesser Parish.

77.9 MILES TO SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Vocation Director: Fr Pablo Migone
Office: 2170 Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404
Office Phone: 912 201 4113

DEPART SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Vocation Director: Fr Pablo Migone
Office: 2170 Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404
Office Phone: 912 201 4113

51.9 MILES TO WALTERBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

DEPART WALTERBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

63.9 MILES TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

MASS IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

DEPART FROM CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

35.4 MILES TO PAWLEYS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

DEPART PAWLEYS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

30.1 MILES TO MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

DEPART MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bishop Robert Guglielmone
Vocation Director: Father Jeffrey Kirby & Father Mark Good
Contact: Justin Gaeta
Office: 34 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Office Phone: (843) 727-6727

63.5 MILES TO SHALLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

DEPART SHALLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

66.5 MILES TO WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

DEPART WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

34.9 MILES TO CLINTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

DEPART CLINTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

59.4 MILES TO FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

DEPART FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700
11:45 am – 1:30 pm Team Meeting & Discussion with Bishop Michael Burbidge, Diocese of Raleigh, Chairman USCCB Secretariat Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations

46.2 MILES TO RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

DEPART RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700
5 p.m. Dinner at Church

36.5 MILES TO HENDERSON, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

DEPART HENDERSON, NORTH CAROLINA

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge
Director: Fr. Bill John Acosta-Escobar
Contact: Rusty Joy
Office: 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613
Phone: 919.821.9700

80.7 MILES TO SOUTH HILL, VIRGINIA

Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo
Vicar for Vocations: Fr. Mike Boehling
Office: 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: (804) 359-5661

DEPART SOUTH HILL, VIRGINIA

Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo
Vicar for Vocations: Fr. Mike Boehling
Office: 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: (804) 359-5661

50.0 MILES TO PETERSBURG, VIRGINA

Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo
Vicar for Vocations: Fr. Mike Boehling
Office: 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: (804) 359-5661

DEPART PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA

Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo
Vicar for Vocations: Fr. Mike Boehling
Office: 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: (804) 359-5661

54.1 MILES TO FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINA

Bishop Paul S. Loverde
VocationS Director: Fr. J.D. Jaffee
Office: 2200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 901
Phone: (703) 841-2514

DEPART FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA

Bishop Paul S. Loverde
VocationS Director: Fr. J.D. Jaffee
Office: 2200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 901
Phone: (703) 841-2514

37.7 MILES TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Vocation Director: Father Carter Griffin
Contact: Traci O’Neill
Office: 145 Taylor Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202-636-9020

DEPART WASHINGTON, D.C.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Vocation Director: Father Carter Griffin
Contact: Traci O’Neill
Office: 145 Taylor Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202-636-9020

49.0 MILES TO BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Archbishop William E. Lori
Vocation Director: Rev. James L. Sorra
Office: 320 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-547-5426

DEPART BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Archbishop William E. Lori
Vocation Director: Rev. James L. Sorra
Office: 320 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-547-5426

53.4 MILES TO CHILDS, MARYLAND

Archbishop William E. Lori
Vocation Director: Rev. James L. Sorra
Office: 320 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-547-5426

DEPART CHILDS, MARYLAND

Archbishop William E. Lori
Vocation Director: Rev. James L. Sorra
Office: 320 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-547-5426

18.8 MILES TO WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

Bishop W. Francis Malooly, D.D.
Name of Vocation Directors: Fr. David Kelley, Fr. Charles Dillingham, Fr. Glenn Evers, Fr. Jay McKee
Office: P O Box 2030 Wilmington DE 19899
Phone: 302-573-3113 Office for Vocations

DEPART WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

Bishop W. Francis Malooly, D.D.
Name of Vocation Directors: Fr. David Kelley, Fr. Charles Dillingham, Fr. Glenn Evers, Fr. Jay McKee
Office: P O Box 2030 Wilmington DE 19899
Phone: 302-573-3113 Office for Vocations

28.1 MILES TO PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Archbishop Charles Chaput
Vocation Director: Rev. Stephen DeLacy
Contact : Amanda Deo
Office: 100 E. Wynnewood Rd
Phone: 610-667-5778

DEPART PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Archbishop Charles Chaput
Vocation Director: Rev. Stephen DeLacy
Contact : Amanda Deo
Office: 100 E. Wynnewood Rd
Phone: 610-667-5778

35.5 MILES TO TRENTON, NEW JERSEY

Bishop David O’Connell
Vocation Director: Very Rev. Dennis A. Apoldite
Contact Person/Assistant: Fr. Dennis
Office: 701 Lawrenceville road Trenton, NJ 08648
Phone: 609-406-7449

DEPART TRENTON, NEW JERSEY

Bishop David O’Connell
Vocation Director: Very Rev. Dennis A. Apoldite
Contact Person/Assistant: Fr. Dennis
Office: 701 Lawrenceville road Trenton, NJ 08648
Phone: 609-406-7449

57 MILES TO NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

Archbishop John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D.
Vocations Director: Rev. James N. Chern
Contact: Tom Conboy, 201-998-0088 x4146
Office: 171 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: (973) 497-4000

DEPART NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

Archbishop John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D.
Vocations Director: Rev. James N. Chern
Contact: Tom Conboy, 201-998-0088 x4146
Office: 171 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: (973) 497-4000

10 MILES TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Office: 1011 First Ave, New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-371-1011

DEPART NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Office: 1011 First Ave, New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-371-1011

2.3 MILES TO BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-399-5900,

DEPART BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 718-399-5900,

19.8 MILES TO ROCKVILLE CENTRE, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

Bishop WILLIAM MURPHY
50 North Park Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023
Phone: 516-678-5800

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