Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Atlanta priest, father, train for 100-mile benefit bike ride

Published May 1, 2015

ATLANTA—Father Michael Silloway has logged more than 200 training miles as part of his fundraising for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home for those with cancer.

Father Michael Silloway

Father Michael Silloway

Chaplain at St. Pius X High School, in Atlanta, Father Silloway is raising money, along with his father, Lyndon, a cancer survivor, with a June century bike ride on the hills around Asheville, North Carolina. A century ride is 100 miles. Describing the course, the website says, “Although it is the least hilly ride in western North Carolina, it has plenty of rolling hills to keep all riders interested.”

His father’s dozen years of survival from cancer inspired the effort. Lyndon Silloway is a veteran cyclist, completing scores of 100-mile rides with friends and raising thousands of dollars for leukemia and lymphoma research, according to Father Silloway’s blog, “ATL Catholic.”

However, Father Silloway during research ran into moral issues with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team in Training and its policy on research using human embryonic stem cells. In response, he started his own effort to create “a team for life.” Its focus would be to support people living with cancer. That is how the Hawthorne Dominicans at OLPH and their ministry next to Turner Field entered the picture. The cancer home provides free hospice care to patients, without regard to their faith, race, or ability to pay. Money raised from the effort will go to support that cause.

You can follow along with Father Silloway’s feat at his blog and support his effort at