“Lord, teach us how to pray.”


In my prison ministry, I work with mentally handicapped men who have gotten into serious trouble with the law but can’t be in the penal system. Working on the meaning of words in the most basic of prayers can be a true challenge.

Enter the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. At this year’s Ignite Men’s Conference in Syracuse, they displayed a simple, interactive board to help teach children the “difficult” words in Our Lord’s Prayer.

If you look closely, I’ve turned over the wooden tile for “trespass”. The flip side says ” sin”. Whow!


Thank you Daughters of St. Mary of Providence for showing me a technique that will certainly work with the men in my prison ministry.

No regrets!

Looking back over the week:  a time of great rides, spirited campfires, carousels, ice cream, faith building and even an evening visit from world famous circumnavigator, cyclist Jack Kelleher.


Bob Cuffney & Jack Kelleher at Campfire


Yet another flat to fix!


Carousel Ride at West Endicott Park

Heading home

This morning we’re all packing our gear, folding up our tents and preparing for the ride home. Mass at 10:00, followed by a bit of pedaling, the requisite ice cream stop and finale at Our Lady of Good Counsel. More to come later…


Breaking up… is easy to do

When faced with a daunting 62.5 mi. “Metric Century”… yes, that’s 100 kilometers, only 5 cyclists opted for this “Challenge Ride”. However, the remaining group enjoyed a 17 mi. “Adventure Tour”, complete with 2 carousels and the Italian Museum in Endicott,  NY.


The Adventure Tour Group in Endicott

The Challenge Tour group took a break at Ross Park Zoo, in Binghamton, NY. The “boys” are hamming it up at the handicapped ramp sign, while they


enjoy some high-energy “gorp mix” held over from this morning’s leg of the ride.

What’s up with Pluto?

Seems like an odd question for a Youth Bike Tour! However, tonight we’re on a school bus traveling to the Kopernic Observatory & Science Center to find the answer and to enjoy a “celestial campfire” illuminated by millions of stars.


Kopernic Observatory & Science Center

This year’s tour has been packed with lots of “extras” like this evening’s. Thanks to the thoughtful preplanning of a dedicated group of volunteers, we’re redefining what a cycling tour can be:  building a youth faith community, providing the physical challenge of cycling, serving the communities in which we live and sharing special moments like this… opening up the wonder and awe of God’s creation.

Switching gears

From indoor this morning at the Senior Center to the parking lot of the Church of the Holy Family in Endwell… prepping for the HUGE annual bazaar.


Service opportunities everywhere!

From line dancing to table tennis

After line dancing, billiards and lunch, the table tennis was rolled out. In no time, one of our cyclists was in a partners game… holding her own with more experienced players.


Natalie makes a quick return

Once lunch wraps up here, the activity level drops off as seniors head home on public transit. We’ll be moving on soon ourselves to help with a church bazaar setup… taking along fond memories of new connections with the welcoming senior citizens we’ve met.