Archbishop leads more than 60 bikers

Feb. 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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PALMETTO BAY, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida archbishop led more than 60 other motorcycle enthusiasts on a 60-mile ride through southern Florida.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, riding his Harley-Davidson Street Glide, led the motorcyclists out of St. Richard Catholic Church in Palmetto Bay after a blessing for the first Motorcycle Poker Run, which involved participants collecting cards at different stops to eventually form a complete poker hand, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

The holder of the winning poker hand was given a $500 Harley-Davidson gift card.

"Bikers are people that are accustomed to praying because if you're going to ride a motorcycle, you should know how to pray," Wenski said. "This is a way to bring some good attention, find financial support for St. Luke's Center [Catholic Charity] and have a good time."

The Rev. Luis Rivero, who rode a three-wheeled Spyder, said the Poker Run was a means of reaching out to a younger generation in a Christian way.

"It's a way for us to learn to use the tools of today, speak the language of the younger generations and bridge the gap between the ancient and the new," Rivero said. "The archbishop makes fun of me and says that because I have three wheels I'm still in training."

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