70-year Old Chicagoan to Cycle More Than 500 Miles in the Camino de Santiago Journey in Spain

GoFundMe Funds Raised Will Support Local Saint Robert Bellarmine Catholic School and Parish

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CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 19, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Long-time Saint Robert Bellarmine parishioner and Jefferson Park resident, Jim Ryan, will cycle more than 500 miles in the Camino de Santiago journey to honor and raise funds for the vibrant Saint Robert Bellarmine parish and school community. At 70 years of age, Jim will embark on this historical pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago in Spain (also known as The Way of St. James) from Sept. 21 - Oct. 15, 2015. He is naming his ride the San Roberto Belarmino journey.

"It has been a long time dream of mine to be a part of this journey and honor all of the people, past and present of Saint Robert's, who make it such a vibrant parish and excellent school," Ryan said. "As a parishioner for the past 44 years, and a Chicago resident, I wanted to do something that makes a difference and inspires others."

St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church

"We are delighted that Jim is dedicating his 500-mile San Roberto Belarmino journey in honor of our amazing parish community," said Father Neil Fackler. "We plan to host a Jim Ryan Bike Dedication at our 5 p.m. mass on Saturday, September 19, 2015. We encourage the community to come out and join us in support of his mission."

"The students and faculty of Saint Robert Bellarmine are inspired and delighted to support Mr. Ryan as he embarks on this historical journey," said Mrs. Carrie Mijal, Principal. "Our school family plans to pray for and follow him as he treks across Spain. This is a wonderful way to showcase a global and spiritual experience in our classrooms."

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About St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and School:
St. Robert Bellarmine Parish serves the Jefferson Park-Portage Park neighborhoods on Chicago's northwest side with programs and services that address the spiritual needs of parishioners. St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School offers an exceptional preschool through 8th grade education as well as a program for 2-year olds. More information is available by calling the Rectory office at 773-777-2666; the Principal, Mrs. Carrie Mijal 773-725-5133; or by visiting the website at The church is located at 4646 North Austin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630.

Saint Robert Bellarmine's Mission:
We are a diverse Catholic community of generations, experiencing the living God and reflecting our faith in action with one another. St. Robert Bellarmine parish seeks to be a center of faith rooted in our Catholic religious and social traditions that joyfully reaches out to people from all walks of life to build a community of peace, justice and love of neighbor.

Media Contacts:
Susan Jablonski, Parish Pastoral Council Member, 312-933-8584
Joy Stauber, School Marketing, 312-823-3450

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- Caption: Chicago, Ill. - St. Robert Bellarmine - Principal Carrie Mijal presents Jim Ryan with a St. Robert Bellarmine shirt to wear on his 500-mile bike journey.

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