Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

The 40th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, sponsored by Benedictines for Peace (BFP), will be offered as an online experience available Good Friday, April 10 on the BFP web page which can be accessed by clicking here.

The theme of this year’s station, “The Way of the Cross; The Way of the Migrant,” has become even more timely in recent weeks, as migrants face increased vulnerability during the global pandemic.

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, Prioress, explained, “For forty years, we have gathered on Good Friday in prayerful remembrance of the passion and death of Jesus. We have walked through our city, calling to mind Jesus’ journey to the cross 2000 years ago, as we prayed at places where Christ is still suffering, in the agony and oppression of our brothers and sisters today.”

Virtual Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage stops and themes are:

· St. Peter Cathedral (“Muslim ban” dooms refugees to famine and war),
· Emmaus Grove (Drought/climate crisis drives migrants from their homes);
· St. Benedict Education Center (US cuts admissions quotes as refugee camps overflow)
· Social Security Office (“Public charge rule” punishes immigrants for poverty)
· Federal Building (Migrants fleeing violence are refused asylum)
· State Street Fishing Platform (Failure to address climate crisis drives migration crisis)
· Governor’s regional office (Immigrant families with children incarcerated in PA)
· Intermodal Center (Enhanced enforcement by ICE creates a culture of fear)
· Mount St. Benedict Monastery (US immigration policies rupture families).

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 migrants and refugees suffering today, and visuals, refrains, and movement as prayer aids. A downloadable pdf of the text of the readings at each station will also be included online.