Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
September 28, 2009
K of C biker group spreads the Gospel
CNS PHOTO | CHRIS DONAHUE
Members of the Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry arrive for the organizations monthly meeting in late July.
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RARITAN BOROUGH, N.J. - When about 15 men on motorcycles wearing "colours" or leather vests arrived at St. Ann Church, they weren't looking for trouble.
Rather, as members of the Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry, they came to their monthly meeting to help spread the Gospel through the order's principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
With Father Edmund Luciano serving as chaplain, the ministry's meeting began with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
At the end of the meeting, Luciano said he is happy to see anyone trying to follow in Jesus' footsteps, even a group as unique as the motorcycle ministry.
"The Gospel comes to us in our everyday lives and riding is part of their everyday lives," he said. "Pope John Paul II encouraged us to go for the new evangelization. I don't know if this is what he had in mind but it is certainly the spirit of it."
The motorcycle ministry's roots go back about three years when John Brandon started it with members from local councils. Now there are 100 members from across the state.
With the approval of the past state deputy, the ministry was given the green light to go statewide, Brandon said.
"I told him there are a lot of guys that would join the Knights if they knew there was a motorcycle ministry," he said.