Faculty Member, Stephen Belt, Brings Cycling for Change to St. Louis

July 19, 2010
Aviation Science, Parks College News


Join Aviation Science faculty member, Stephen Belt, as he brings the Cycling for Change tour to St. Louis on July 24 & 25!  He has dedicated his summer to serving as the national team coordinator for this 100 day, 5,000 mile bicycle pilgrimage to raise awareness of poverty in America. While in St. Louis, the team will come to Saint Louis University and community members can participate in a number of activities , including a 25 mile circuit ride with the team. For more information, or to get involved, see the event page on our website.

About Cycling for Change

bikeCycling for Change, a 5000 mile bicycle pilgrimage led by a Jesuit priest from Kansas City, is a call to action for all people of goodwill to address the growth of poverty in America. Communities along the route will be encouraged to highlight local poverty issues, to raise funds to benefit local poverty-reducing programs and to invite governments, social service agencies, businesses and concerned citizens to work together to develop strategic solutions to the national problem of poverty.

On the eve of its 2010 centennial, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the largest network of social service organizations in the nation, initiated a multi-faceted approach to reduce poverty in the United States. The CCUSA Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America stresses the need for businesses, faith-based organizations, government and individuals to come together to strategically address the systemic causes of poverty in this country.

In St. Louis, Cycling for Change aims to:

  • Celebrate the CCUSA Centennial 
  • Promote CCUSA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty 
  • Educate and engage individuals in the mission, services, and agencies of Catholic Charities St. Louis.
  • Reduce poverty in our communities by raising money for St. Patrick Center. 

Locally, this effort is co-sponsored by Catholic Charities St. Louis and St. Patrick Center with generous support from a CCUSA Centennial Grant.

Whether you want to ride a bike, help with our local ride, make a donation, or volunteer with a Catholic Charities agency, there are many ways you can help Reduce Poverty in America.

Cycling for Change St. Louis Events

July 24, 2010
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (#2 Seton Court, St. Charles, Missouri 63303)
5:00 p.m.  Fr. Matt Ruhl, S.J. will concelebrate Mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish with Msgr. Jovanovic. This is the home parish for Deacon Richard Tadlock and Bob Russell who will complete the Colorado to St. Louis segment of the 5,000-mile ride.     
6:15 p.m.  Pot Luck Dinner after Mass with the Riders

July 25, 2010 
Il Monastero at St. Louis University (3050 Olive St., Saint Louis, Missouri 63103)
7:00 a.m.  Registration at Il Monastero
7:30 a.m.  Join cyclists in a 25 mile circuit ride to meet the Cycling for Change Team and return to Il Monastero.
10:00 a.m.  Welcome the Cycling for Change Team and local cyclists returning to Il Monastero 
10:30 a.m. Fr. Matt Ruhl, S.J. will celebrate Mass on the front lawn at Il Monastero.  Please bring chairs and/or blankets. 
11:30 a.m. Learn more about the services provided in the St. Louis area to help reduce poverty during the Catholic Charities St. Louis Expo
12:00 p.m. Join all attendees for lunch prepared by McMurphy’s Grill (a St. Patrick Center employment program)

*On-site collection of non-perishable food (including bottle water) for Catholic Charities St. Louis agencies.

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