Kathy and I want to thank everyone who came to the vigil today. It was so nice to put faces to names. You all feel like old friends.
It was a good turnout for a holiday weekend and FOX 29 recorded some footage. Grandparents, parents, children, a priest, three nuns, survivors, professionals and advocates joined in our vigil on the sidewalk in front of the Cathedral. A young priest even stopped by on his way to the Stations of the Cross to say he agreed with us. But my most meaningful Good Friday moment came when the mother of a clergy abuse victim reminded us of Mary’s pain watching her son suffer on the cross and asked us to pray the Hail Mary with her.
Despite the absolute heartache associated with all this, I felt a sense of peace in our unity today. I hope others did, too. There is power in prayer.