Pedaling priests to bike across Peoria Diocese seeking vocation prayers

Three priests from the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., rode their bicycles across the diocese, a trek of 350 miles, from April 24-28 to inspire prayers for vocations. The “Priests Pedaling for Prayers” are Fathers Michael Pica, Tom Otto and Adam Cesarek.

PEORIA, Ill. — Being a priest has made Father Michael Pica, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Tom Otto so happy that they are preparing to share their joy with people from Rock Island to Danville — literally.

From April 24 to 28, the three priests rode their bikes 350 miles across the Diocese of Peoria — the width of Illinois — to raise awareness for vocations and show people that priesthood is a wonderful life. Along the way, they stopped at schools and parishes to encourage prayers for vocations and tell the story of their own call to priestly service.

Joy marks Comboni priest’s 50,000 miles on a bike in Africa

Comboni Missionary Father David Baltz, right, uses his bicycle trips to far-away chapels in his parish in Uganda as an opportunity to evangelize. He stresses Catholic values in his missionary work.

A gun pointed at his head by soldiers. Three years spent in a refugee camp, living in a grass-roof hut and serving 100,000 people in 54 impromptu chapels. Facing down a snake in a grass hut. Covering a parish of 50,000 Catholics and 60 chapels and 27 primary schools.

Father David Baltz has faced many challenges, but he doesn't consider transportation one of them. His bike is reliable.

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