Sister Libby shows compassion on three wheels


Not many people would leave their executive job to ride a tricycle and serve coffee to the homeless. But that’s exactly what Sister Libby Fernandez said God called her to do after leading Loaves & Fishes for more than a decade. Last year, she started Mercy Pedalers, a bike ministry based on the Works of Mercy. More than 40 volunteers pedal through the streets of Sacramento connecting with homeless men and women.

She says Mercy Pedalers is inspired by the Gospel of Matthew, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”

This video was produced by Ted Fong for Joshua’s House which is building a hospice home for the homeless in the Sacramento. Started by Dr.Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, it is the first of its kind on the West Coast. Sister Libby was one of the earliest supporters of Joshua’s House and sits on its board.

Ted and Sister Libby biked from Midtown K Street to the lower end of the K Street Mall. He saw first hand this former administrator’s skills as a biker, barista, and spiritual worker. Her grace and compassion radiated as she met “clients” like Rhonda, Benny, Randy, Alfredo, and Greta. They all lit up upon seeing the person in the blue vest approaching from a distance.

The morning was filled with many tender moments as Sister Libby ministered to alcoholics and the mentally ill. The way Sister Libby greeted them, asked questions, offered advice, and served coffee and energy bars was a blessed sight. The journey lasted an hour and a half until she ran out of coffee. It would be one of three that she would go on that day.