Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage
Each year, the stops and prayers are different, allowing us to concentrate on justice issues and kinds of suffering that are especially timely. In recent years, themes have included misogyny, racism, oppression of immigrants, and the climate crisis. Usually we begin at St. Peter's Cathedral in downtown Erie, walk through the city, and after 8 station stops, board a chartered city bus to return to Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. The bus also travels along with us as we walk, available to participants who cannot walk the full route. The final Station, the last stop on the Pilgrimage, is prayed in the monastery chapel at 3 p.m. The Pilgrimage through the city usually takes approximately an hour and a half. All are welcome to join this act of public witness, repentance, and prayer.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pilgrimage was offered virtually. You can view the video, which focuses on the sin of racism, below.