CROSSwalk is a four-mile Holy Week procession across the heart of the city to remember murdered youth and connect participants with opportunities to protect children, mitigate violence and support families struggling with these issues. CROSSwalk is not a protest march. It is a vigil, one tied directly to follow-up action.
CROSSwalk will take place on Monday, April 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral (Huron and Wabash). It will travel through the Loop to a stop at Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn), proceed to Old St. Patrick’s Church (Adams and Des Plaines) and end at the lawn outside Stroger Hospital. Participants are welcome to walk the entire route, walk part of it, or simply join us for short programs at any of the stops along the way. Buses will also be available to help transport people from place to place.
What’s the genesis of the event?
CROSSwalk began as a conversation about honest, relevant liturgy that ties the pain and loss of Christian Holy Week with the reality of everyday life in Chicago. At its core, CROSSwalk is that liturgy. But, it has also grown into a broad outreach effort, one we hope will link new organizations, individuals and communities with those that have long been active on the issue of violence and youth.
What are the goals?
Our primary goals are threefold:
To heighten awareness of the more than 600 young people killed in Chicago since 2008 by engaging individuals and institutions, and encouraging them to get involved.
To create new partnerships that advance the ongoing work surrounding violence.
To link CROSSwalk participants to each other and to programs and organizations in need of their time, energy and resources.
Through it all, we want to remember…to reflect and mourn…to express outrage and pray for those who have been lost.