Franciscan Sister Bikes 5 States in 5 Days

Paul Keggington

July 16, 2014

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF, friend of Brother Shamus J. McGrenra, TOR for 14 years, is going to aid him on his third charity ride 5 states in 5 days July 22-25, 2014. Dorothy Day Center (a place for those in need that provides food, and new or gently used clothing, furniture, and appliances) is the recipient this year.

Franciscan Sister Mary Ann SpanjersIn a routine medical screening, Brother Shamus learned he had colon cancer. He didn’t want to postpone the bicycle ride, but his doctors advised him to begin treatment that included simultaneous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Sister Mary Ann’s reasons for participation are personal and spiritual. “My dad died of cancer a number of years ago. He was a very kind man with a deep faith. Brother Shamus’ faith and trust in God’s love in the midst of the suffering and pain brings back memories of my dad’s journey. ”

You don’t have to bicycle through five states to help Brother Shamus and the Dorothy Day Center! To make a gift, please send donations to: Saint Francis University, Office of Advancement- Brother Shamus Bike Ride, P.O. Box 600, Loretto, PA 15940 (checks made payable to Dorothy Day Center).

Online donations can be made by visiting The page will also contain the latest updates about who else may be joining Brother Shamus on this ride!

Tues, July 22:  Philadelphia, PA, to Ocean City, NJ:  about 70 miles

Thurs, July 24:  Ocean City to Cape May, NJ, via Ocean Drive:  about 30 miles.

Friday, July 25:  Cape May, NJ to Ocean City/Berlin, MD via Cap May Ferry and Rt. 1, two states: DE and MD:  about 40+ miles.

Sat, July 26:  Ocean City/Berlin, MD to Pocomoke City, VA, via Rt. 113/13:  about 40+ miles.

Sunday, July 27:   Return to Lewes, DEL and the ferry via car.

Click on this link for further information.


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