Traditionally, many Pax Christi USA local groups plan and stage a “Way of the Cross” event on Good Friday, connecting the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war. This year, we invite Pax Christi USA local groups, Catholic Worker communities, partners and friends to organize Good Friday witness actions that address the intersectionality of war, racism, economic injustice, the climate crisis & more by reflecting on Jesus’s steps to Calvary.
Below are resources for groups interested in undertaking a Way of the Cross in their community on Good Friday. Also please let us know if you have a Way of the Cross planned in your community by filling out this form. We will list below the names of groups, with contact information, which will be staging a Way of the Cross this year.
Good Friday Way of the Cross Resources
- PC-Metro New York has been doing a Way of the Cross for over 30 years. For information on how to do a Way of the Cross, contact PC-MNY at email@example.com
- From the Gainesville Catholic Worker/Pax Christi-Gainesville, Way of the Cross template and sample script (MSWord, free download)
- An Earth Day Eco Stations of the Cross (MSWord, free download)
- The Stations of Justice (MSWord, free download)
- Benedictines for Peace did a video for our Good Friday Stations of the Cross which we sent out. It’s on a the Benedictine Sisters of Erie’s YouTube at this link.
Good Friday Way of the Cross Events and Other Observances, 2022
Send a brief description of your event by filling out this form and we’ll post it here below.
- NEW YORK CITY – Pax Christi Metro New York: April 15, 9am to 11:30am on Zoom & Facebook. Find more information here.
- ERIE, PA – Benedictines for Peace: Each year the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Benedictines for Peace members and others walk a contemporary Way of the Cross through downtown Erie; we stop along the way for contemporary stations at sites that symbolize the oppression being felt by people today. The focus of this year’s pilgrimage will be on the suffering and injustice caused by misogyny and the oppression of women. Find more info here.
- UTICA, NY – Mohawk Valley Pax Christi: Meet on April 15th, 2022 at 309 Genesee Street, Utica, NY at DeSales Center.
- WASHINGTON, DC – Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns: Virtual Good Friday Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice. Join us on Good Friday, April 15, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time. Find more info here.
- CLINTON, IOWA – Clinton Ministerial Association & The Catholic Historical Center at St. Boniface: The Way of the Cross, an Ecumenical Event. Join us for the Stations of the Cross with two options. One, walking with a group with a wooden cross from one church to another to then join in the Stations of the Cross. Or two, join for the Stations only. Walkers: 11:30 a.m. CT – Meet at Christ Episcopal Church, 2100 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732. Stations: arrive around 11:40 a.m. CT, service begins at 12:00 p.m. CT, St. Boniface Church, 2520 Pershing Blvd. Clinton, IA 52732. Find more info at this link.
- ATLANTA, GA – St. Thomas More Catholic Church, April 15, Friday, 3:00 pm – Stations of the Cross. Find more info here.
- BOSTON, MA – Agape Community, Pax Christi Massachusetts: 30th Annual Stations of the Cross – location: Boston State House – fast and prayer, April 15
- JERSEY CITY, NJ – Pax Christi NJ: Join us at the Katyn Memorial at Exchange Place in Jersey City at 11am-12pm as we interpret the Way of the Cross through the eyes of those caught in the war in Ukraine. On Good Friday in particular Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, practice that dates back hundreds of years in order to enter into a space of prayer and reflection on both the historical Christ and the living Christ. We are called to remember that Jesus lives in all of us and to see the suffering of others as a reminder of His suffering. Find more here.
- HARRISBURG, PA – Pax Christi Harrisburg, 9:45 am – 12 pm, Good Friday Walking Way of the Cross. Participants will gather at 9:45 AM in front of the Dauphin County Courthouse on Market St. This event connects Jesus’ journey to the cross with current day themes of peace and justice. The contemplative walk takes participants through downtown Harrisburg to stop at 14 places of interest to correspond with the 14 stations of the cross. At each stop, a Gospel passage is read along with a commentary about current social justice issues to make the Gospel relevant to today. Grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, Pax Christi USA rejects war, preparation for war, every form of violence and domination, and personal and systemic racism. Pax Christi Harrisburg is an ecumenical group. The walk lasts about one and a half hours and ends at the Riverfront’s Kunkle Plaza at Front and State Streets. The walk will be held, rain or shine. All are welcome to participate. See more here.