Seven Church Walk

Young Adults Bring a Roman Tradition to DC

March 27, 2012

Over 200 young adults and religious brothers and sisters will spend a Saturday afternoon on a pilgrimage without leaving the District. The “Seven Church Walk” is a revival of a centuries-old custom where the pilgrims travel over six miles on foot to seven Catholic churches in Washington, DC, stopping for Mass, Stations of the Cross, meditation and prayer.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Starting point: St. Patrick Catholic Church
619 10th Street NW, Washington, DC

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 nine years ago by 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:

9:00-10:00 a.m. – St. Patrick
Devotion: Mass
Intention: For all pilgrims gathered
10:45-11:05 a.m. – St. Dominic
Devotion: Terce
Intention: For the spread of the New Evangelization
11:50-12:00 p.m. – St. Joseph
Devotion: Litany to St. Joseph
Intention: For the strengthening of families
12:20-1:35 p.m. – Holy Rosary
Devotion: Rosary
Intention: For those sick and suffering
1:50-2:15 p.m. – Mary Mother of God
Devotion: Dive Mercy Chaplet
Intention: For government leaders
2:30-2:50 p.m. – Immaculate Conception
Devotion: Stations of the Cross
Intention: For a greater respect for human life
3:35-4:00 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Matthew
Devotion: Adoration
Intention: Vocations

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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