Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.
  • Golden calf on Wall Street
  • Sri Lanka children - Jim Stipe
  • Seedbag
  • corn bags
  • Altar in Palestine - R Rodrick Beiler

Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

Based on the Economic Way of the Cross, written by the Religious Working Group on the World Bank/IMF, the Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice is meant to provide a prayerful way to walk the steps of Jesus in this time of financial and ecological crisis.

Similarly to past Economic Ways of the Cross, each station symbolizes institutional roots of this suffering in government, in transnational corporations, in international financial institutions, in trade agreements, macroeconomic policies and financial transactions that give shape to economic activity around the world.

Following is the list of stations and the current crisis they symbolize. Also listed are the physical locations in Washington, D.C. where that station is prayed. Those who use this Way of the Cross in locations other than Washington, D.C. are encouraged to consider public sites that align with these noted:

FIRST STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
Political privilege and corruption: U.S. Congress

SECOND STATION: JESUS BEARS THE CROSS
Human trafficking and vulnerability of workers: Department of Labor

THIRD STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Destruction of moral values: Department of Justice

FOURTH STATION: JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
Corporate-led development, including through genetically modified organisms: U.S. Agency for International Development

FIFTH STATION: JESUS IS HELPED BY SIMON
Indigenous peoples and the environment: Inter-American Development Bank

SIXTH STATION: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
Solidarity and community service: New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

SEVENTH STATION: JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME
Ravaging the Earth and its people in the name of economic development: U.S. Treasury

EIGHTH STATION: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM
Gun violence: The White House

NINTH STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME
Moving forward on climate change: Lafayette Park

TENTH STATION: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS CLOTHES
Extractive industries: White House Council on Environmental Quality

ELEVENTH STATION: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
Fair Trade NOT Free Trade: U.S. Trade Representative Office

TWELFTH STATION: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
Destruction of God’s Creation: The World Bank

THIRTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
Economic policies for the Common Good: International Monetary Fund

FOURTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS PLACED IN THE TOMB
Justice for migrants: Mexican Embassy

FIFTEENTH STATION: THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
Signs and seeds of hope / Another world is possible