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Leeds parishioner gears up for Holy Land charity cycle

Having completed many long-distance walking adventures, a parishioner from the Diocese of Leeds, along with an Anglican colleague, are planning to cycle up to 500 miles around the towns and villages of the Holy Land for charity.

Paul Sullivan of the parish of Our Lady and St Joseph of the Aire Valley and his colleague, Simon Hart of the Anglican parish of St Mark’s, Utley, will be setting off on the mountain bike ride in April. They are fund-raising on behalf of ‘Friends of the Holy Land’, the ecumenical charity, endorsed by the Bishop of Leeds, Marcus Stock, to help the beleaguered Christians of the Holy Land.

“I am very pleased that Paul Sullivan of Our Lady and St Joseph’s Parish will be mountain biking around the towns and villages of the Holy Land, meeting members of all faiths in what promises to be a challenging and worthwhile ecumenical fund-raising event,” said Bishop Stock. “I am particularly grateful that the event will be raising funds for the work of Friends of the Holy Land in supporting the Housing, Employment and Education of people most in need.”

Paul told The Universe that the Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth, is fully supportive of the event. “He told me he was instrumental in getting the cardinal to make Friends of the Holy Land ecumenical rather than simply Catholic,” he said.

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