The Catholic University of America

April 2, 2009

Candlelight Way of the Cross Tradition Continues at CUA

Students participate in the Way of the Cross

On Monday, April 6, Catholic University students from across campus will gather at 8 p.m. outside Caldwell Hall as they have done annually for more than 10 years to take part in an annual Holy Week tradition. Each student takes a small candle to light their way as members of student groups carry a life-size cross to 14 different places on campus where they pray and reflect on the journey that Christ took with His burden.

Last year the prayerful journey through campus drew more than 200 students, according to Jessica DePrizio Cole, associate campus minister for liturgy and worship.

"I think it's an amazing witness to the CUA campus," DePrizio Cole says. "As we walk from station to station, the students are silent. And students join along the way. They recognize that the Way of the Cross is prayerful and it's powerful. It is also significant that the students themselves get to carry the cross."

The students process from station to station as leaders from the groups guide the prayers and reflections commemorating that part of Christ's Passion. The procession ends on the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

For more information on the Candlelight Way of the Cross, call the Office of Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.

MEDIA: To cover this event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.