Seven Pilgrim Churches Walk, Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees
Date Published: Mar. 29, 2017
Students have been raising money throughout the semester to donate to Catholic Relief
Services for refugee aid, specifically for food, water and access to sanitation for
those fleeing from Syria. A fundraising webpage was set up to share with parents and
friends asking for donations to sponsor students for a walk in solidarity with the
refugees, who themselves walk hundreds or thousands of miles to safety from their
Students who received sponsorship were invited to participate in what was approximately
a 12.5 mile walk around the city of Rome, with stops at its seven major pilgrim churches
(St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. Sebastian, St. John Lateran, Holy Cross, St. Lawrence
Outside the Walls, St. Mary Major and St. Peter’s Basilica). Several students helped
spearhead the event and set up the webpage, with help from Philosophy professor Dr.
Mirus and Rome Chaplain Msgr. Fucinaro. The walk itself was completed in just over
six hours with at least a few minutes spent at each church for prayer. At the end
of the walk the group enjoyed a pizza dinner nearby St. Peter’s Basilica.