Shamus charity ride, shuffle to raise funds for families

LORETTO -?Brother Shamus McGrenra, T.O.R., is well-known in the Saint Francis University community. The 67-year old is as much known for his smiling, positive attitude as he is for his annual bicycle ride to benefit the campus’ Dorothy Day Center, an outreach provider to the region.

For the past three years, his charity rides and events have raised more than $64,000. All of that money was used by the center to provide local families with the basic necessities of food, warmth and clothing.

He is in the midst of another charity ride, and a related community event, the Brother Shamus Shuffle, will be held in August.

Brother Shamus began this year’s charity ride on Tuesday and will be riding through Saturday. He plans to travel “Five States in Five Days” (“the Lord willing,” he said) and will be joined on his journey by eight friends.

The group will travel from Philadelphia to Ocean City, N.J.; from Ocean City to Cape May, N.J.; from Cape May to Berlin, Md.; and from Berlin to New Church, Va.

Since the inception of this ride in 2011, Brother Shamus has covered more than 800 miles to raise funds for the Dorothy Day Center.

The Brother Shamus Shuffle is a fun community event and will be held Aug. 23. The event will begin at the Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg at the Memorial Field Pavilion. Bicycle riders, runners and walkers are all welcome to participate and will depart at 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 9:30 a.m. respectively. There is no minimum distance to travel.

The registration fee is $20, and registrants will receive a shirt and refreshments.

For more information about the shuffle or to register, visit

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To receive a shirt, participants must register by July 31.

The registration fee and donations from the Brother Shamus Shuffle will go to the Dorothy Day Center.

The center contributes clothing, furniture, appliances and financial assistance in times of crisis to economically disadvantaged families in Blair, Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties.

The center relies mainly on donations from the local community to be able to help others.

For more information about the Dorothy Day Center, visit