August 5, 2019

Seminarians From Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary To Begin 150 Mile Vocations Awareness Bike Tour Throughout The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

In an effort to create awareness about Heed the Call and vocations to the Priesthood, seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary have launched Biking for Vocations. Heed the Call is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood.

Over the course of five days (August 8-12), seminarians will travel more than 150 miles by bike to offer holy hours, prayer services, and discuss their vocation pathways at Archdiocesan parishes located in Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties.

Biking for Vocations will kick off with an opening ceremony and blessing of bikes led by Reverend Stephen Delacy, Director of the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood.

Following the conclusion of ceremony, the seminarians will depart for their five-day pilgrimage.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
9:00 a.m.
The Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

The seminarians plan to broadcast portions of the five-day pilgrimage via Facebook Live. In addition, they will regularly post about their journey o Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To view the pilgrimage itinerary, please visit

Thursday, August 8, 2019

On the first day of the pilgrimage, the seminarians are scheduled to visit, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish in West Chester (afternoon) and Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown (evening).

Reverend Alex Pancoast, Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Parish, will lead a Holy Hour at 7:30 p.m. Father Pancoast completed six years of formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. in May.

Friday, August 9, 2019

On the second day of the pilgrimage, the seminarians are scheduled to visit Saint Teresa of Avila Parish in Norristown (afternoon) and Saint Eleanor Parish in Collegeville (evening).

Saturday, August 10, 2019

On the third day of the pilgrimage, the seminarians are scheduled to visit Saint Rose of Lima Parish in North Wales (afternoon) and Saint Agnes Parish in Sellersville (evening).

Sunday, August 11, 2019

On the fourth day of the pilgrimage, the seminarians are scheduled to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Doylestown (afternoon) and Saint Andrew Parish in Newtown (evening).

Monday, August 12, 2019

On the final day of the pilgrimage, the seminarians will visit Saint Catherine of Sienna Parish in Horsham (afternoon) before returning to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. 

Background on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Founded in 1832, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has been forming men for priestly service in the Catholic Church for more than 180 years.  In August 2018, the seminary reported an overall enrollment of 175 seminarians, the largest enrollment since 2000-2001. Of the 52 new seminarians, 18 are seminarians studying for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. With the generosity of many, these young seminarians are able to successfully transform into the compassionate and loyal priests and inspiring leaders of tomorrow’s Church.  For more information on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, please call 610-667-3394 or visit


Editor’s Note: For more information on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, please visit

For information about the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood, please visit

To learn more about Biking for Vocations, please visit

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Alaina Longo
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