Monsignor Mark Giordani, Paterson’s ‘motorcycle priest,’ dies at 78

PATERSON — Monsignor Mark Giordani, known as Paterson’s motorbike priest, has died.

Parishioners mourned Giordani’s dying immediately after it was announced during a Mass celebration at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson on Saturday night. He was 78 years outdated.

Giordani started the Christian Riders, a bike club that nevertheless fulfills in the St. John’s rectory, in 1969 after his initial assignment at his to start with parish, Our Girl of Lourdes in Paterson. 

Reverend Monsigner Mark Giordani is greeted as he arrives for the 50th Annual Motorcycle Mass and Blessing held by the Christian Riders Motorcycle Club outside of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson on 05/05/19.

For 50 a long time, Giordani and his annual Motorcycle Mass brought bikers in from all over for a blessing of motorcycles in front of the Paterson cathedral, in which he was rector from 1987 right up until 2018. 

On the 49th anniversary of the Motorbike Mass, Giordani, stepping off his Harley Street King, adorned with flames and an airbrushed depiction of Jesus on the cross, traded his denim jacket for white and blue vestments to greet and bless motorcyclists as they highway previous.