Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Urban Stations Of The Cross To Be Held Good Friday

Published March 10, 2005

Catholic Social Services invites all people of faith to participate in its 25th annual Good Friday Pilgrimage through downtown Atlanta on March 25.

Participants in the Urban Stations of the Cross will walk to 14 sites in the city of Atlanta and reflect upon contemporary social issues like rights of workers, homelessness, pro-life issues, immigration and other topics. Participants will remember the sufferings of Jesus on the way to Calvary and his suffering personified in the marginalized of today’s world. The ecumenical pilgrimage will begin at the state Capitol on the Washington Street side, between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Mitchell Street, starting at 9 a.m. and will end at the MLK Jr. Memorial Crypt at 2 p.m.

The program is coordinated by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

For transportation, take MARTA to the Georgia State Station, exit onto Piedmont Avenue, and the Capitol is one block south. Parking is available at Underground Atlanta or near the Capitol (two car groups should have one car park at the MLK Center parking lot). Shuttle service to the Capitol will be available from the King Center at 2 p.m.

Route Information for Downtown Atlanta:

I. 9 a.m. At the state capitol, Washington Street side, between MLK Jr. Drive and Mitchell Street. Jesus is condemned to death. This station is about making life choices, from conception to natural death.

II. 9:30 a.m. At the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 MLK Jr. Drive, SW. This station marks Taking up the cross, particularly those who struggle with HIV and AIDS.

III. 9:50 a.m. At the steps of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 77 Forsyth St. Jesus falls. This station is devoted to immigrants who face obstacles to fullness of life.

IV. 10:10 a.m. At DFACS Family/Children Services, 15 Peachtree St. Jesus meets his mother. Prayer at this station will be devoted to the trafficking of women and children.

V. 10:30 a.m. At Woodruff Park, Peachtree Street and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. Simon helps Jesus. Prayer here will center on the call for response to natural disasters.

VI. 10:50 a.m. At Hurt Park, 100 Edgewood Ave. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Care for the environment is the focus of this station.

VII. 11:10 a.m. At the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St. and Peachtree Center. Jesus’ second fall. This station will be on housing issues that raise obstacles for the poor.

11:20 a.m. Break for snacks, water and restroom.

VIII. 11:55 a.m. At the American Friends freedom quilt mural, 92 Piedmont Ave. Jesus meets the women. Prayer will be devoted to consolation afforded through human rights.

IX. 12:15 p.m. At Dobbs Plaza, corner of Fort Street and Auburn Avenue. Third fall of Jesus. This station will be devoted to refugees who require consistent support.

X. 12:35 p.m. At the Alice Cary Monument, Auburn Avenue and Hilliard Street Jesus is stripped. The theme is inadequate wages that strip persons of rightful needs.

XI. 12:55 p.m. At Ebenezer Baptist Church, corner of Jackson Street and Auburn Avenue. Jesus is nailed to cross. The prayer at this station will be for peace through reconciliation not war.

XII. 1:15 p.m. At the Georgia Justice Project, 438 Edgewood Ave. Jesus dies. Prayer will be on “Love One Another,” particularly prison structures and penalties.

XIII. 1:35 p.m. At Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard, NE. Jesus is taken down from the cross. This station will offer prayer for sustenance for a hungry world.

XIV. 1:50 p.m. At the Martin Luther King Jr. grave site, across from Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Jesus is placed in the tomb. This station is the challenge of today.

For more information contact Sister Joyce Ann Hertzig, OP, at (404) 885-7208 or or Simone Blanchard at (404) 885-7265 or