Over 120 Young Adults to Make Walking Pilgrimage of DC Catholic Churches

Pilgrimage is modeled after traditional “Seven Church Walk” in Rome

April 06, 2006

Over 120 young adults will spend this Saturday, not relaxing, but on pilgrimage, a traditional “Seven Church Walk.” They will travel to seven Catholic churches in Washington, DC – by foot the day before Palm Sunday:

Saturday, April 8
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Starting and ending point: St. Patrick Catholic Church
10th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC

After an opening Mass at St. Patrick’s, the group will walk from church to church. At each stop, they will participate in a different type of prayer, such as the rosary, a meditation or Eucharistic Adoration. Each prayer will be offered for a special intention, including families, peace, the sick and suffering, and an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The pilgrimage will end with an outdoor Eucharistic Procession from St. Mary’s (5th and H Streets, NW) to St. Patrick’s, 10th & G Streets, NW, via H and 10th Streets, at approximately 3:00 p.m. During this part of the pilgrimage, the Eucharist, placed in a special container called a monstrance, will be carried through the streets.

The pilgrimage is modeled on the traditional “Seven Church Walk” in Rome, a centuries-old custom that became popular in the 1500’s and includes visits to that city’s four major basilicas and three minor basilicas. The Washington church walk was started three years ago by Christ in the City, a group of young adults in the Archdiocese of Washington, as a way to draw young adults closer to God during Lent through prayer and sacrifice.

The pilgrims will visit the following churches:

• St. Patrick, 10th & G Streets, NW (Mass)
• St. Joseph, 313 2nd Street, NE (Capitol Hill – Senate side)
• St. Peter, 313 2nd Street, SE (Capitol Hill – House side)
• St. Stephen Martyr, 2436 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
• Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
• Holy Rosary, 595 Third Street, NW
• St. Mary Mother of God, 725 5th Street, NW

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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