Ansonia Priest Bikes over 300 miles to Canada

By Carl Jordan Castro




ANSONIA, Conn.–An Ansonia priest is planning to bike more than 300 miles to raise money for the Assumption School. The Rev. James Sullivan will embark June 1 from Assumption Church on North Cliff Street and plans to arrive at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal four days later.

Pre-k and kindergarteners are expected to ride their tricycles near the church to see their priest off. He is leaving on after the 8 a.m. Wednesday mass. Sullivan is raising money to restore the school’s third floor gymnasium and auditorium. The space has been off limits since 1968.

Sullivan thinks fixing the space will do more than give the students a place to play.

“I really believe that opening the doors to this gymnasium and auditorium is, in a broader sense, a way to open the doors to the church,” he said.

Third floor gymnasium/ auditorium.

Third floor gymnasium/ auditorium.

Renovating the third floor could cost upward of $125,000.

The work includes replacing windows, restoring the hardwood floors and fixing the molding around the stage area.

Sullivan arrived at Assumption last year and immediately saw the third floor as an opportunity for the kids and the community. So the church reached out to parishioners…

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