What Is The Road For Hope?

The Road for Hope is based on the idea that by simply walking through the countryside we can change the world for the better.  The Road for Hope seeks to provide funds for those in need, strengthen the bonds in our communities, and rekindle the belief that every footstep makes a difference.

In a time when most of us are speeding through life, the Road for Hope speaks to the value and joy of a slow walk.  It is in this spirit that the students and staff of Saint Anselm College, and many others along the way, unite to walk a Road for Hope.”

Mission Statement of Road for Hope

History of the Road For Hope

In 1998, Seamus Griesbach of Lisbon Falls, Maine decided to walk to Manchester, New Hampshire to begin his studies as a freshman at Saint Anselm College.  Accompanied by his younger brother, Seamus (now an ordained priest of the Diocese of Portland, ME) trekked some 130 miles over the course of a week.

The following year (1999), Seamus recruited over 30 friends to join him for the walk to campus.  He turned the walk into an opportunity to raise funds for small social service organizations between Lewiston and Manchester.  These charities were purposely chosen for their smaller size, so the students’ donations would have a greater impact.

Road for Hope has since been adopted by Saint Anselm College’s Office of Campus Ministry, which provides oversight and support.

A Pilgrimage of Simplicity

In 2016, 47 students are backpacking — rain or shine — on the 18th annual Road for Hope.  It is a modern-day pilgrimage that, in the words of the Mission Statement, “seeks to provide funds for those in need, strengthen the bonds in our communities, and rekindle the belief that every footstep makes a difference.”  Through raising funds and awareness, by prayer and community outreach, the Road for Hope opens a way for the walkers — and for all of us — to contribute to those in need.