Protestant churches joined the Catholic faithfull in celebrating Bishop-elect Fr. Ryan Jimenez’s installation and ordination yesterday with a cycling event, dubbed “Bike the Faith,” last Saturday, Aug. 13.
Organized by Russ and Kanae Quinn, the event was suggested by Father Ryan himself.
“This was Father Ryan’s idea. He wanted us to have an event that promotes health in the community,” said Kanae. “This is what he shared to us when he announced that he’ll be the bishop-elect about six weeks ago.”
According to Kanae, Bike the Faith was open to everybody. “It’s not just for the Christian community it’s for everybody who wants to participate. So it’s for everyone and we want people to just share the journey.”
Father Ryan, a bike enthusiast, also seemed to enjoy a bike ride around the island. “Father Ryan, he loves to bike. He loves to be able to do fun things with his parishioners. And this is what he wanted us to do with him,” said Kanae.
People of various faiths attended the bike event. The peloton pushed up Navy Hill all the way up to Grace Christian Academy. GCA’s Rev. Raymond Kinsella then proceeded to lead a prayer. After, the peloton went on to pass Kristo Rai Church all the way to Gualo Rai’s Life in the Son Church. The peloton was then blessed by a prayer by pastor Eric Abragan. After a short rest and some water, the peloton went on to proceed to the Saipan Community Church. The peloton was then blessed by Saipan Community Church associate pastor Roger Abe.
The last stop was at the Mount Carmel Cathedral, where refreshments and sandwiches were served to the attendees of the event. Father Ryan himself led the prayer at the Mount Carmel Cathedral. (Photos and Text By Erwin Encinares)