Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Annual Pilgrimage Focuses On Social Justice

Published March 22, 2007

People of all faiths are invited to attend the 27th annual Good Friday pilgrimage, with stops at 14 urban Atlanta Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 6.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will offer the opening prayer at 9 a.m., when the interfaith pilgrimage begins at the State Capitol (on the Washington Street side, between MLK Jr. Drive and Mitchell Street). The pilgrimage will end at approximately 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Crypt, 413 Auburn Ave.

At each stop, participants will reflect upon today’s social justice issues as they connect with the sufferings endured by Christ in his Passion and death.

There will be a snack break after the seventh station. At the conclusion of the event, there will be transportation from the King Center area to the State Capitol area.

The event, which is sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Parish and Social Justice Ministries and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, will take place rain or shine.

“We are very excited to host this annual event,” said Susan Stevenot Sullivan, director of Parish and Social Justice Ministries for Catholic Charities. “It is a unique opportunity to increase the awareness of the social justice issues that exist in our world and to pray for understanding and seek change.”

If traveling with a group with two or more cars available, it is suggested that participants take all cars to the MLK visitor’s free parking lot and transport drivers to Underground Atlanta parking near the State Capitol. The entrance to this lot is on Irwin Street between Boulevard and Jackson Street.

At the conclusion of the event, buses will be provided for those in need of transportation from the King Center back to the State Capitol area.

For more information, visit the archdiocesan Web site at, or call Colleen Smith, communications associate for Parish and Social Justice Ministries of Catholic Charities, at (404) 885-7472. Smith can be reached by e-mail at