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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.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Biking across Iowa for the heart and soul

Christina Capecchi

When Father Joe Schneider climbs onto his 27-speed Trek Pilot and dips its front tire into the Missouri River, his summer vacation officially has begun. Then, he pushes off and bikes across Iowa.

The Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI, began in 1973 when two reporters from the newspaper decided to pedal the width of the state -- from Sioux City to Davenport -- in a quest for writing fodder.

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