The Felician Sisters in Pomona, CA, were joined by approximately 100 people who gathered to pray the Way of the Cross on the streets of Pomona to end human trafficking on the morning of Good Friday, April 14.
Bishop David G. O’Connell San Gabriel Regional Episcopal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, participated in the Prayer Walk along with Father Roberto F. Jaranilla, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Father Rick Van De Water, Arabic chaplain, and two local evangelical pastors, Bishop Herbert S. Wilkins and Pastor Craig.
Felician Associates, Divine Mercy daily participants, St. Joseph Church members and those who “showed up” participated either by carrying the Cross, reading a Station or holding/carrying a banner of one of the Stations that was prayed at along the way.
The path began at St. Joseph Church, continued to Hamilton Park and back, with stops at various points along the way on Holt Avenue where many women are trafficked in Pomona.
According to SM RoseAnita Ramirez, all who participated enjoyed a quiet, beautiful and peaceful time of prayer.
She added that Bishop O’Connell was thrilled to participate in the Prayer Walk and to meet the other pastors from the city who collaborate with the sisters in caring for God’s poor and homeless as well as those who are trafficked in Pomona.
She said, “It was truly a time of grace and blessing for everyone who participated in the Prayer Walk.”