Fr Liam O’Callaghan and members of the Diocesan Ecology Commission worked with 49 participants from various parishes and schools, who attended a Lenten Preparation Programme run by Fr Tomás King and the Joti Educational and Cultural Centre of Hyderabad Diocese in Pakistan, on a new Stations of the Cross.
The aim of the day’s work was to create a Stations of the Cross for the Care of Creation, combining the traditional devotion which commemorates Jesus’ last day on earth and the suffering he endured, with the reality of the environmental crisis today.
It would then be offered to parishes, schools and institutions of the diocese to be used during the Season of Lent
The participants were fully involved in creating the new stations, which include aspects of the traditional Way of the Cross, teaching from Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ and a theme connecting an aspect of the environmental crisis with each station.
“We hope that this new Stations of the Cross will be of help to you in your Lenten preparations for Easter, and also help to make the connection between the sufferings of Jesus and the sufferings of Mother Earth, our Common Home, because of pollution, climate change and environmental destruction. In doing so, we will be responding to the call of Pope Francis, that our faith must inspire us to care for our Common Home.”
The text of the new Stations of the Cross for the Care of Creation can be downloaded here:Stations of the Cross – English