Bikers on a Mission

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Last March we reported on Linda Chambers plan to go barefoot during Holy Week. Linda is Director of the United Society in Ireland and she wanted to draw attention to the plight of people in Swaziland, a tiny African kingdom surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique. The United Society is an Anglican organisation that began life 300 years ago to propagate the Gospel in foreign parts. Nowadays it partners people and communities around the world through their local churches. The Irish wing of the United Society, now known as U-s, fundraises for Swaziland projects. Linda’s week in her bare feet raised €8,000. But in one of the poorest countries in the world with 26% of all adults HIV-positive, the need for outside aid is immense.

Two Church of Ireland rectors who are also motor cycle enthusiasts responded and offered to raise funds for U-s. The reverends Andrew McCroskery and Nigel Kirkpatrick are using part of their annual vacation time to visit all thirty Church of Ireland cathedrals in Ireland over a ten-day period starting on the August bank holiday. They will do a complete circuit of Ireland visiting between two and four cathedrals per day. At each stop they will either join in a service or lead a short prayer service.  They hope local bikers will come with them for part of the run and that people will offer donations to support the United Society’s efforts in Swaziland.

One of the bikers on a mission is the Reverend Andrew McCroskery who is rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church on Clyde Road in Dublin.  He started riding 50cc mopeds in his youth but has now graduated to a Harley Davidson. It won’t be the first time he has toured Ireland but now he’s doing it as a mission.


Bikers on a Mission Itineracy

!st August 10am: St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
12 midday: Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn
2.30pm: Christ the Redeemer Cathedral, Dromore
7pm: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh
2nd August 11am: St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral, Kilmore
2pm: St Macartan’s Cathedral, Clogher
3.45pm: St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen.
3rd August 11am: St Columb’s Cathedral, Derry
2.30pm: St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe
5pm: St John & St Mary’s Cathedral, Sligo
7.30pm: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Killala
4th August 10.30am: St Mary’s Cathedral, Tuam
2pm: St Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert
5pm: St Fachtnan’s Cathedral, Kilfenora
8.30pm: St Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe
5th August 10.30am: Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin, Limerick
5pm: St Fachtna’s Cathedral, Rosscarbery
6th August 11am: St Finn Barre’s Cathedral, Cork
2pm: St Colman’s Cathedral, Cloyne
4.30pm: St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore
7th August 11.15am: Holy Trinity, Waterford
3pm: St John’s Cathedral, Cashel
8th August 10am: St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
12 Midday: St Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin
3.30pm: St Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns
9th August 10am: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
11am: Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
2pm: St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare
5pm: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim
10th August 11.30m: Down Cathedral, Downpatrick
3.30pm: St Ann’s Cathedral, Belfast



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