Healthy Habits of Local Priests: Running & Bicycling
FATHER DANIEL L. BLOUT AND FATHER MICHAEL P. SIKON RIDE THE BIKE TRAIL BESIDE ST. RITA PARISH, CONNELLSVILLE.
The mission of a disciple can be difficult, but a healthy body can endure.
There are many priests throughout the Diocese of Greensburg whose healthy habits are inspiring. Jordan Whiteko, multimedia content manager at The Catholic Accent, had an opportunity to tag along with a few of them during their workouts.
Father Daniel L. Blout, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Greensburg, and administrator of St. Benedict Parish, Marguerite, and Father Michael P. Sikon, pastor of St. Barbara Parish, Harrison City, both enjoy biking as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
The day-to-day realities of any job can be stressful.
“We try not to talk work, but sometimes the spirit moves you to share your concerns and thoughts and get good feedback,” Father Blout says.
“Mind, body, soul are all connected,” Father Sikon says.
Both find it important to be anchored in the Lord and in a healthy posture toward others. They say the opportunity to carve out time to exercise prompts a natural reflection on one’s relationship with God.
Father Tyler J. Bandura, director of the Office for Priestly Vocations, enjoys running. He says it helps him clear his mind so he can focus on what the Lord is calling him to do.
“It’s a great opportunity to think about ways we can use our gifts to serve Him,” Father Bandura says.
JORDAN WHITEKO, MULTIMEDIA CONTENT MANAGER, JOGS WITH FATHER TYLER BANDURA AT SETON HILL UNIVERSITY.