Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

The Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will be offered as an online experience available Good Friday, April 2, on the Benedictines for Peace webpage.

The Stations of the Cross for this year’s Good Friday Pilgrimage focus on racism and the many ways that racism intersects with other issues of injustice. The shooting in Atlanta of six Asian women and two others is a recent example of the intersections of racism, sexism and violence.

Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters, explained, “At a time when the reality and brutality of systemic racism has been at the forefront of the national conversation, when the suffering of our brothers and sisters of color has become impossible for white people to ignore or deny, we ask you to join with us in lamenting and repenting of the many ways in which we have upheld white supremacy and contributed to the anguish that racism causes.”

Virtual Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage stops and themes are:

  1. St. Peter’s Cathedral: Jesus is Betrayed; racism and Christian churches intersect
  2. City of Erie Police Station: Jesus is arrested and condemned to die; racism and policing intersect
  3. School District of the City of Erie: Jesus falls three times; racism and educational system intersect
  4. Site of proposed Plastics Shredding Plant: Jesus meets his mother; racism and climate crisis intersect
  5. Community Health Net: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus; racism and pandemic intersect
  6. Emmaus Soup Kitchen: Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem; racism and sexism intersect
  7. Social Security Office: Jesus is stripped of his garments; racism and poverty intersect
  8. Erie County Prison: Jesus is nailed to the cross; racism and incarceration intersect
  9. Mount St. Benedict Monastery: Jesus dies on the cross; racism and terrorism intersect

The online video offering will be a virtual pilgrimage and will include pictures of the planned stops, local places that remind us or connect with the suffering of people of color today, and visuals, refrains, and movement as prayer aids. A downloadable worship aid will also be available online.