Fr Matt’s Ride for Vocations began in earnest on Tuesday 26th June, with the climbs of the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier, the latter topping out at over 8,700 feet above sea level. Fr Matt offered his first two climbs for vocations to the priesthood. On Wednesday he climbed the Col d’Izoard, another favourite of the Tour de France. This time prayer was focused on the priests of our diocese. Fr Matt is joined by his dad, Deacon Hugh, who is giving some moral support, as well as driving!

“These first two days have gone well. The first climbs of the Telegraphe and mighty Galibier went much better than expected. One writer said that he had ridden the Galibier a few times and had either soared like an eagle or died like a dog. Fortunately the former applied for me! Perhaps it was because I was raring to go. Today’s ascent of the Col d’Izoard was more of a struggle with yesterday’s exertion in my legs.

The vistas are beautiful; the weather is great; the cycling is going well. Please keep me in your prayers and the vocations intentions on the website. Details HERE:

If you would like to support the training of our seminarians by making a donation in recognition of Fr Matt’s effort then please do so at or write a cheque made payable to ‘Clifton Diocese; and send it to Fr Matt Anscombe, St Bernadette’s Presbytery, 731 Wells Rd, Bristol, BS14 9HU. Please indicate if you would like a Gift Aid form.

Thank you in advance for your support.

You can watch his first video below: