Interfaith Crowd Expected At Annual Pilgrimage
Published: March 26, 2009
ATLANTA—Catholics and members of other faiths will mark Good Friday on the city streets.
Last year, more than 200 people walked, sang and prayed at landmarks around the city center serving as Stations of the Cross to recall Jesus carrying the cross to his death.
Susan Stevenot Sullivan, director of the Parish & Social Justice Ministries of Catholic Charities Atlanta, said the 2008 march attracted the largest group ever. She expects more people this year from the eight parishes participating in the JustFaith program, an adult faith formation program in Catholic social teaching and justice.
There is increasingly an interfaith presence at the event, as people of other faiths join the walk, she said.
The focus is always for people to “look at Jesus’ suffering today among us, with each station providing an opportunity to increase our awareness of a justice issue,” she said.
Good Friday in Atlanta has been observed for the past 29 years with this modern pilgrimage. It is a multicultural and an interfaith event that presents social injustices in the world and challenges the marchers to connect them with the sufferings Jesus endured. The event is to be multi-lingual, including speakers in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, French and Portuguese. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will open the pilgrimage with a prayer.
Good Friday is April 10. The day begins at 9 a.m. at the state Capitol and ends around 1 p.m. at the crypt of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Buses will be available at the conclusion of the event for transportation from the King Center back to the state Capitol area.
The event is free and open to people of all faiths. It is sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and takes place through the Parish & Social Justice Ministries of Catholic Charities Atlanta.
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