More than 3,000 students and staff from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School will set out on the 14th annual “Walk with Christ: Justice for the Poor” pilgrimage on Sunday, Oct. 15th in support of development projects in Haiti, Uganda and the D.R.
Their journey will not lead them to a sacred place but rather to a higher moral ground, as kilometre-by-kilometre, they raise tens of thousands of dollars for people who live in conditions of poverty and injustice.
More than simply fundraising, the walk provides an opportunity for students to learn about social justice issues in the Developing South, particularly those around the imbalance of wealth, says Dr. Paul Beaudette, Program Leader for Religion and Family Life.
“Much of our wealth, directly or indirectly, comes to us at the expense of the poor South – three-quarters of the people in our world who live on only twenty percent of the world’s wealth and resources,” says Beaudette.
“By participating in the pilgrimage, students have an opportunity to do something for the poor in our world and to share with them some of our wealth.”
The activity – deemed the single largest service project in the history of the board – also seeks to raise students’ awareness about the injustice of world hunger and inadequate health care, shelter and education.
“Three thousand people marching along city streets to raise money and public awareness around Third World poverty makes a very powerful statement in our community,” says Pilgrimage Co-chair Gino Pizzoferrato.
“Our students, staff and parents are trying to make a difference by becoming more aware and by walking the extra kilometre to raise funds for development in the Global South,” adds Co-chair Linda Fama.
The pilgrimage will begin with a Mass at Cathedral High School celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Anthony F. Tonnos, D.D. at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday October 15, 2017, followed by an 8-kilometre walk up the Wentworth escarpment rail trail to St. Anthony Daniel Catholic Elementary School, where buses will be waiting to shuttle students back to their respective schools.
Funds from the pilgrimage will be donated to ADESJO (Association for the Development of San José de Ocoa) for the construction of schools, homes, hospitals, roads and irrigation systems in the Dominican Republic; St. Gabriel’s Parish in Beau Séjour, Haiti for building projects and the purchase of medical supplies; Catholic Dioceses of Southwestern Uganda for school supplies; the Holy Child Association; and the Development and Peace Emergency Appeal Fund.
Donations are always welcome and can dropped off at any Hamilton Catholic school or at the Father Kennedy Catholic Education Centre at 90 Mulberry Street in downtown Hamilton. Tax receipts will be issued for amounts over $25.
For more information, please contact Kim Bullard at 905-525-2930, Ext. 2145.
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Pilgrimage Schedule for Sunday, October 15, 2017
• 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration – Cathedral High School
• 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy at Cathedral High School
• 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Walk from Cathedral along Rail Trail to St. Anthony Daniel
• 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Closing Social
• 2:30 p.m. Departure – Bus transportation to original pick up
Pilgrimage Route for October 15, 2017
• Beginning at 12:00 p.m. – leave Cathedral High School heading south on Wentworth Street to the Rail Trail
• Up the Rail Trail to Mohawk Road East
• Continue heading West on Mohawk Road to Regency Street
• Left onto Regency Street
• Right onto Summerlea Street
• Left onto Lisgar Court
• Enter the field of St. Anthony Daniel C.E.S. from Lisgar Court