Lafayette- Campus Ministry will perform the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 19, at 2:00 PM. The First Station begins in the front of Our Lady of Wisdom Church at the corner of St. Mary Blvd. and McKinley Street, on the UL Lafayette campus. The Living
Stations continue through Girard Park. Good Friday services are held in the Church immediately following at 3:00 PM.
This year, Mitch Cope will assume the solemn role of Jesus Christ. Mitch is a UL sophomore from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Finance. When asked about participating in the Living Stations, Mitch commented, “This will be my first time participating in the Living Stations.
Through talking to people about it and preparing for it, there have been a few moments where tears were brought to my eyes while I was thinking about what Jesus experienced. Walking up to the cross for the first time, it put into perspective the reality of what Jesus
went through, and how He embraced what was done and said to him as He went through His Passion.”
The Living Stations of the Cross is a custom steeped in tradition throughout many centuries of Church history. Since 2003, the students from the Ragin’ Cajun Catholics Student Ministry have carried out their own devotion to Christ’s suffering and passion at the annual student-directed Living Stations of the Cross.
An estimated 1,000 faithful walk the Living Stations each year. Cory Lafleur, a native of Carencro, who assumed the role of Jesus Christ in 2017, said “The crowd is impressive, but there is an intimacy that each person can have with Jesus. The spirit of the Church is a missionary one, and this is a great way to share that love, truth, and joy that has been revealed to us.”
Father Bryce Sibley, Pastor and Chaplain at Our Lady of Wisdom, and Fr. Rene Pellessier, Parochial Vicar will lead meditations on the Living Stations and the Good Friday services.
Our Lady of Wisdom Church & Catholic Student Center, home of the Ragin’ Cajun Catholics Student Ministry, provides the sacraments, formation, and community to the more than 12,000 UL Lafayette students who identify as Catholic. Learn more at www.ragincajuncatholics.org.