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Holy Week Pilgrimage for Nuclear Disarmament, Tidewater area of Virginia, April 5-10 (Changed to online virtual gathering)

April 5, 2020 - April 10, 2020

This pilgrimage is being done virtually. See below:

Before COVID 19 a group of us here in Norfolk, Virginia, had been planning to do a five day, 55 mile Holy Week pilgrimage for nuclear disarmament. It would be a week-long stations of the cross in this 75th year since the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the beginning of the Nuclear Age. We were planning to walk Monday to Friday to 14 different sites in our Hampton Roads area that are connected to the nuclear weapons complex (military bases, shipyards, war industries, and financial institutions) and at each location remember Jesus’ crucifixion, the crucifixion of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the threatened crucifixion of all of life by nuclear weapons. We would begin at a General Dynamics shipyard in downtown Norfolk and end at Newport News Shipbuilding where the Columbia class ballistic missile submarines are under development as replacement for the Trident submarine fleet. A script cobbled together from many sources would be read from at each site.
Since we are unable to walk together, Linda Modica in east Tennessee, brand new host of a Zoom platform, has offered to be the moderator for a community reading of the script over the five weekdays of Holy Week. We will gather on the Zoom site each day at 7 pm EST, Monday, April 6-Friday, April 10. Each day we will read several stations from the script, ending with a rosary mystery written by Kings Bay Plowshares defendant Fr. Steve Kelly from his cell-block in Glynn County Detention Center in Brunswick, Georgia, and then a few minutes for short reflections. We will finish by 8:15 pm EST each day, with Good Friday taking a little longer. We can use at least a dozen readers a day, if you’d like to read come onto the site by 6:50 pm EST to sign up.
You are welcome to join us for any part of the pilgrimage. Come and go as you like. The 61 page script is attached for you to use if you’d like to be a reader or to follow along on Zoom, or if you’d just like to take the pilgrimage by yourself or with your household this week on your own time. Tomorrow we’ll begin by reading stations 1 and 2. The Norfolk Catholic Worker is organizing a five day, 50 mile Stations of the Cross to mark 75 years since the advent of the nuclear age and the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. From April 5-10 participants will walk through 6 Hampton Roads cities stopping at military bases, shipyards, defense contractors, and financial institutions with ties to the nuclear war-fighting complex. We’ll begin Monday morning at General Dynamics and end Good Friday at Newport News Shipbuilding which is developing Columbia class ballistic missile submarines that will begin to replace the existing fleet of Trident submarines a decade from now.

Please forward this to anyone you think may be interested in joining us for the week or for a day. Contact Steve Baggarly for the Zoom link and further information williamsbaggarly@gmail.com

This event is being done virtually because of the virus.


April 5, 2020
April 10, 2020