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Fr Kieron and David Rang decided to cycle to Lourdes to join the diocesan pilgrimage. They have already attracted sponsorship for other pilgrims to be helped by the Lourdes Fund, with the rest donated to Mercy House in Johannesburg.
They left Cawley Road at 6.30 on Friday, 22nd July, crossed to France by ferry and headed south via Caen in Normandy. They cycled light, with changes of clothes (and the clerical collar) in a support car driven by Pat Rang with Sally Minton.
On Saturday they stopped at Angers and planned next day’s route.
They cycled mainly on the maze of rural D roads. Part of their route followed the ancient pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela.
They took alfresco meals like the wooded stop near Cognac before heading for a little bistro in the town itself.
A special visit took them to a church uniquely consecrated to Our Lady of Cyclists at Labastide d’Armagnac.
Then, with more than five hundred miles on the record, they made it to Lourdes.
Pilgrims from St Richard’s and the diocese at large arrived by train to a warm welcome. They joined the hundreds of pilgrims – many infirm – all imbued with faith that their visit would inspire and encourage them.
There was a special sense of fellowship when Bishop Kieran celebrated an open air mass with six hundred or so from the diocese.
Two thousand pounds has already been pledged - more donations for the two good causes will be welcome – envelopes in the church porch.
Pictures by Pat Rang