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Monmouth teacher, students record song to support, promote ‘pedaling priests’

Father Tom Otto watches the debut of the music video "Riding for the Lord" after it was recorded April 5 by the students of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. The song supports the bicycle ride across the Diocese of Peoria that Father Otto and two other priests will undertake later this month to seek prayers for priestly vocations. (Provided photo)

MONMOUTH — As Father Tom Otto rides his bike across the Diocese of Peoria to raise prayers for and awareness of vocations, he will have a song in his heart thanks to the students at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. “Riding for the Lord” has lyrics written by music teacher Alisa Ramer and is sung […]

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Pedaling priests to bike across diocese April 24-28 seeking vocation prayers

In training for their 350-mile ride across the Diocese of Peoria, (from left) Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Michael Pica pause long enough for a photo in front of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (Provided photo/Amy Chovan, Office of Priestly Vocations)

Being a priest has made Father Michael Pica, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Tom Otto so happy that they are preparing to share their joy with people from Rock Island to Danville — literally. The three priests will spend the Second Week of Easter riding their bikes 350 miles across the Diocese of Peoria to […]

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