Brother Shamus Charity Ride and Shuffle

at Saint Francis University

  • Charity Ride

    When: Starting July 26, 2015

    Where: Traveling to 5 Dorothy Day Centers (Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City)

    Br. Shamus Shuffle

    When: August 22, 2015

    Where: Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg, Memorial Pavilion

    Bike riders depart at 9 am, runners depart at 9:15 am, walkers depart at 9:30 am.

    Donation Information

    For information on how to contribute, see the donation information below.

    Brother Shamus  

    Brother Shamus charity ride and shuffle

    Brother Shamus McGrenra '72, T.O.R., is well-known among Saint Francis alumni, students, and employees. He is as much known for his smiling, positive attitude as he is for his annual bicycle ride to benefit our Dorothy Day Center, an outreach provider to the region.

    Since 2011 his charity bicycle rides have raised almost $100,000 for the center. All of that money was used to help local families throughout four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, giving them the basic necessities of food, warmth, and clothing.  Brother Shamus has covered more than 800 miles to raise funds for the center.

    2014 Charity Ride: "Five States in Five Days (the Lord willing)"

    2014 Shamus Goal Reached

    Brother Shamus finished his "Five States in Five Days (the Lord willing)"  (July 22-26, 2014) charity  to again raise funds for the center. Even though he was still undergoing chemotherapy, he didn't let it slow him down thanks to a little help from his friends who volunteered to ride with him.

    Two of his friends, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity and friend of Brother’s for 14 years, and Jerry Laffey ’73, were featured in the latest alumni magazine. Laffey met Brother Shamus when they were both undergraduates at Saint Francis and the two have remained friends for more than 40 years.

    The group traveled from Philadelphia, PA, to Ocean City, NJ; from Ocean City to Cape May, NJ; from Cape May to Berlin, MD; and from Berlin, MD, to New Church, VA. This was the first extended bicycle ride for Sister Mary Ann and Laffey, but both are inspired by Brother Shamus’ faithfulness and by the work of the center. They are also encouraged by St. Francis, who said, “Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible. Suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

    In addition to the main charity ride, Saint Francis sponsored "The Brother Shamus Shuffle," a fun community event on Saturday, August 23, 2014 to raise additional funds.

    Make a Donation

    Mail to: Saint Francis University, Office of Advancement-Brother Shamus Bike Ride, P.O. Box 600, Loretto, PA  15940

    Donate Online: Go to and select "Dorothy Day Center" in Gift Information, and in Department/Scholarship category enter "Bro. Shamus Bike Ride."