Catholic youth to carry cross through Wilmington streets.

March 16, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) — Once again this year approximately 1,000 Catholic youth will join Bishop Francis Malooly and carry a 10 by 6 foot wooden cross over three miles through the streets of Wilmington on the day before Palm Sunday, Saturday, April 8, 2017, as part of the eighth annual Diocese of Wilmington’s youth pilgrimage. Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Wilmington, the event features prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass during stops at four Wilmington Catholic churches.

Pilgrimage participants will gather at the St. E’s Center on Cedar Street, on the campus of St. Elizabeth Parish for registration, opening prayer, and a concert by Catholic musician and speaker, Cooper Ray. From St. E’s, the cross will be carried to Saint Francis Hospital on North Clayton Street where a Litany will be prayed for the patients in the hospital, and the Bishop will offer a blessing for the sick and their caregivers. The next stop is St. Anthony of Padua Church on North DuPont Street where pilgrims will have their brown-bag lunch and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. Padua Academy is the next stop where participants will pray the Stations of the Cross, remembering the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The cross will then be carried to St. Paul Church, at West 4th and North Jackson Streets for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. From St. Paul’s, the group will walk to St. Hedwig Church on Linden Street where the Palm Sunday liturgy will begin with the Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem. Finally, pilgrims will process back to St. Elizabeth Church for Mass with Bishop Malooly.

“This year’s theme is ‘Love without Measure,’ and what better way to express the love for the Lord than to show it to the City of Wilmington through this blessed event,” said Bishop Francis Malooly. “I look forward to the youth pilgrimage every year. It is very inspiring for me to join with youth from across Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore in this prayerful witness to God’s immeasurable love for us.”

More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s “Love without Measure” Youth Pilgrimage is available online at  or by calling the diocesan Office of Catholic Youth Ministry at 302-658-3800.

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools in the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 244,000 Catholics in the Diocese. More information is available at

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