The Ecumenical Cross Walk is celebrating its 10th anniversary and thanked its sponsors for bringing faith to the streets to address the violence and poverty that afflict the city.
Sponsors are GRCC-Faith In Action Network, the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, United Christian Leadership Ministries of Western New York, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester and faith communities throughout Monroe County.
Good Friday, a solemn day, provides an opportunity to walk with and for people most in need. The group will walk together as Neighborhood Companions in a Field Hospital. Walking in solidarity with refugees, with people affected by the opioid drug crisis, with people in poverty and without a home and with people affected by violence and racism, the group will walk the streets of the North-West quadrant of the Maplewood-Edgerton neighborhood.
This event will begin with a short prayer service 8:45 a.m. on March 30 at the Auditorium of the Aquinas Institute, 1127 Dewey Ave, Rochester.
At about 9 a.m., the walk will proceed with youth carrying the symbolic wooden cross of Christ throughout the city, stopping along the way to “make holy” and lift up in prayer those areas where the homeless congregate and places where there is hope and rejuvenation, including libraries, Mary’s Place, the Underground Railroad, recreation centers, the environment and REACH.
The walk is about 1.5 miles long and proceeds along Dewey Avenue, Driving Park, Maplewood Rose Garden, Genesee Riverway Trail and Seneca Parkway. Part of this route is on gravel, weather permitting.
The pilgrimage will include area religious and civic leaders: the right Rev. Prince Singh, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester; The Rev. E. Alan Dailey, United Church of Christ, Genesee Valley Association and president, GRCC executive director GRCC Faith in Action Network; the Rev. Peter Peters, retired priest, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester; the Rev. Kevin McKenna, pastor of the Cathedral Catholic Community; and Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter.
All people are welcome to join the walk, including neighbors and businesses along the route who may want to join and/or recognize the pilgrimage as it passes by. Those who cannot walk the whole distance are encouraged to participate at the beginning or end of the walk, or at any point along the way. It is anticipated the walk could be up to two hours long. There will be a police escort.
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