38th Annual Pilgrimage for Peace walk visits multiple Erie locations today

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People of all ages this morning taking to the streets to acknowledge Good Friday.  They’re applying the lessons of the Bible to modern experiences. 

The Pilgrimage for Peace is a 38-year tradition in Erie.  Today, community members and out-of-towners are remembering the true meaning of Good Friday and walking alongside the Benedictine Sisters of Erie in the 38th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage.  Marching from Saint Peter Cathedral to Perry Square, Christians sending a message that the word of Jesus is not forgotten in Erie. 

Annette Marshall, of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, says, “It is a walk to live the passion of Jesus today, looking at today’s concerns; the way Christ is being crucified in today’s world.”  Participants reflecting on Jesus’ teachings in reference to issues ranging from poverty to addiction. 

Deacon Ray Defendorf traveling from Corning, New York, to spend Holy Week in Erie.  He says, “We can be emotionally involved with Christ; carrying the cross, but here we remember that people are carrying crosses every day and it’s our responsibility to help them.” 

Participants will stop at nine locations throughout the community, representing a different station of the cross and how it applies to modern times.  Defendorf tells us, “We visited a hotel which is doing something to help with training their staff to recognize when human trafficking is taking place.”

At a local soup kitchen, participants are recognizing the people living in poverty.  And, at the Federal Building, they’re addressing the threat of nuclear weapons. 

Organizers, like Marshall, say the turnout tells us something about the people in our community.  “It says that the people of Erie are responding to the issues of the day. They want to do something. They want to make a difference.”

Participants also paused outside of locations like the Adult Book Store, praying for the dignity of women. 

The march wrapped up at the Mount St. Benedict Monastery; this stop representing concerns with climate. 

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