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Way of the Cross 2024

Thousands gathered for the 2024 Way of the Cross on Good Friday

Reflecting on the 35th Way of the Cross at St. Paul’s College

April 9, 2024 — 
Way of the Cross 2024

Way of the Cross 2024

On Good Friday, March 29, 2024, St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba hosted the 35th annual Way of the Cross in collaboration with the Office of Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. The Way of the Cross is a powerful display of faith and unity, marking a significant milestone in the enduring tradition of commemorating the final journey of Jesus Christ to his crucifixion.

“The 35th Annual Public Way of the Cross was a great event that brought together so many people from our College Community and the Archdiocese of Winnipeg,” said Myles Cesario, Campus Ministry Assistant and Event Organizer. “It was so touching to see both young and old pray and reflect on Jesus’ last moments on Earth, a truly inspiring pilgrimage.”

The morning began with a gathering at Christ the King Chapel, St. Paul’s College, where hundreds of worshippers assembled at the first station. Archbishop Richard Gagnon led the procession, bearing the symbolic wooden cross. An estimated 2,000 people joined the procession as it progressed through the campus, stopping at various stations representing different stages of Jesus’ journey to his crucifixion and burial. Participants engaged in moments of prayer, reflection, and contemplation. The singing hymns guided the procession from station to station as it returned to Christ the King Chapel for the final station and conclusion of the Way of the Cross.

“We were very honoured to be chosen to host this important Good Friday event at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba,” stated Christopher Adams, the Rector of St. Paul’s College. “It was a moving experience for our students and all those who came from across the City of Winnipeg.”

Way of the Cross 2024

Way of the Cross 2024

This year’s Way of the Cross also utilized technology to ensure inclusivity and accessibility. Opening and closing prayers were live-streamed on the St. Paul’s College Facebook page, allowing individuals unable to attend in person to participate virtually. Programs were made available digitally so participants could follow the ceremony on their cell phones. These innovative approaches to engagement reflect a commitment to meeting the community’s diverse needs while upholding the traditions and values inherent in the Way of the Cross.

“It was inspiring and uplifting to see so many people of faith, of different ages and backgrounds, manifest their faith publicly and lovingly in the procession of the Public Way of the Cross.,” Archbishop Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. “It was an important public witness to what Holy Week is about.”

Way of the Cross 2024

Way of the Cross 2024

The Way of the Cross was possible thanks to the dozens of dedicated volunteers who generously assisted attendees with parking, guided them around St. Paul’s College and Christ the King Chapel, and facilitated navigation around the campus during the procession. Their efforts ensured the event ran smoothly and was enjoyed by participants. We thank them for their active community and fellowship spirit and invaluable contribution to a successful event.

“As part of the Public Way of the Cross, we reflected on the Bible verse “Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12),” explains Veronica Diestro, Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. “We came to pray and to be reminded that Jesus is our hope. There were a lot of student and young adult volunteers who stepped up to lead and serve for this event. They are an inspiration and bring so much hope for now and the future. We are grateful to have this opportunity to host the Public Way of the Cross for the first time on a university campus and are grateful for St. Paul’s College, community, and staff at the University of Manitoba.”

Thanks to everyone who could attend and participate in this year’s Way of the Cross. As we look towards the future, may this event’s spirit of unity and devotion continue to inspire and uplift us all.

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