Ride for Vocations 2: Ride Across Britain


Fr Matt’s ‘Ride for Vocations 2’- Ride Across Britain – 10th – 18th September 2016

Find the Prayer Intentions for each day below:

Photos will be uploaded daily so you can follow Fr Matt on his journey.

You can donate here: www.mydonate.bt.com/events/rideacrossbritain or send a cheque payable to CCDTR (this is the diocesan account) to,

Fr Matt Anscombe,
Vocations Director,
St Bernadette’s Presbytery
731 Wells Road
Bristol BS14 9HU

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This time last year, Fr Matt Anscombe, Vocations Director for Clifton Diocese, cycled 807 miles around the whole of Clifton Diocese as he visited all of our parishes, over 18 days, to encourage us to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life (check out the Ride for Vocations!)

This trip saw around 3,000 people come out to meet Fr Matt as he celebrated Mass; led prayer services and dropped into schools. Fr Matt’s “Ride for Vocations” was, for many, an inspiring way of putting across a crucial message – if you don’t ask you don’t get! We need to be constantly praying to the Lord of the Harvest to send more labourers into the harvest.

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Fr Matt is going to ride 967 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in 9 days as part of a large supported tour. With an average daily mileage of 107 miles and the longest day coming in at 126 miles, this is no easy challenge, but it’s one which Fr Matt is looking forward to, particularly as each day will have a special prayer intention! Fr Matt says:

“Last year’s Ride for Vocations was an incredible experience. I felt people really got behind the idea and I’m sure a lot of extra prayer has resulted. Also, the Clergy Training Fund was swelled from £25,000 to £42,000, which is a bonus, especially as we have seen more men starting in seminary, and expect to see more this September too. That’s why I’ve decided to take on another cycling challenge as part of my summer holiday, with a view to encouraging more prayer in the diocese and, perhaps, more money in the Clergy Training Fund too.

LEJOG is an iconic journey and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get involved in this highly organised ultra challenge. Whilst I won’t be seen around the diocese like last year (except for passing through some parishes on Day 2 and Day 3), it is my plan to have a specific prayer intention each day relating to the work of vocations in the Clifton Diocese. I am hoping others will follow my journey on the website and join me in these prayer intentions too.”

Fr Matt’s “Ride for Vocations 2: Ride Across Britain”  Itinerary:

Click on link or look on the left hand side of this page to open each day:

Day 1: Saturday 10th September

Lands end to Okehampton (107 miles)

Day 2: Sunday 11th September

Okehampton to Bath (110 miles)

Day 3: Monday 12th September

Bath to Ludlow (99 miles)

Day 4: Tuesday 13th September

Ludlow to Haydock (105 miles)

Day 5: Wednesday 14th September

Haydock to Penrith (104 miles)

Day 6: Thursday 15th September

Penrith to Hamilton (100 miles)

Day 7: Friday 16th September

Hamilton to Fort William (126 miles)

Day 8: Saturday 17th September

Fort William to Kyle of Sutherland (110 miles)

Day 9: Sunday 18th September

Kyle of Sutherland to John O’Groats (104 miles)


Please keep this venture in your prayers as Fr Matt seeks, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to inspire further prayer and action with regard to Vocations Ministry within Clifton Diocese

You can donate here: www.mydonate.bt.com/events/rideacrossbritain