RFNY1 MC 14th Blessing

The Riders of Fire NY 1 MC 14th Annual Blessing of the Bikes

Story by Lee Sheridan

Photos by Ron Monteleone, Cowboy

In the Northeast region, the month of April brings with it showers, new foliage, colorful flowers, greatly anticipated warmer weather, and for many the time to get out in the wind and ride! But before we venture out on the roads, it’s always a good idea, and for many a long time tradition to receive a little blessing from above. The Riders of Fire NY 1 MC held their 14th Annual Blessing of the Bikes on April 9th. This blessing always commands as many as 400 plus riders, who gather at Applebee’s in Farmingville for registration and then roar off to The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in Manorville.

Upon arriving at the Shrine the riders and their bikes were anointed with holy water by Father Roy Tvrdik S.M.M., and after wards everyone was treated to a light lunch. The ROF MC has always donated one hundred percent of the proceeds raised each year from this event to charitable causes, besides the donation which is made directly to The Shrine. Those included as donation recipients are: The Burn Center at Stony Brook, Firefighters Cancer Research Program, The Fireman’s Home in Upstate New York, and to firefighter’s who endure medical hardships throughout the year. Some of these charities also serve our community during the Christmas holiday season through the Adopt a Family Program, which assists local families enduring medical hardships.

The Riders of Fire MC is a strongly bonded brotherhood that includes volunteer firemen from Long Island, Connecticut, and NYC firefighters. To learn more about, or to join the Riders of Fire NY 1 MC visit facebook.com/groups/118387534916484/

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island was established in 1953 by the Missionaries of the Company of Mary in order to be a center of authentic Marian Spirituality & Devotion, and to renew Catholic life in the Diocese of Rockville Center through liturgy, preaching & pilgrimages. Read all about this beautiful sanctuary at ourladyoftheisland.org

ROF MC extends their gratitude to those who support, sponsor and participate in this annual event. Your dedication to the cause is what allows them to donate to so many worthy beneficiaries.