(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)
A Boston College High School tradition that spans 20 years continued Friday morning as the school’s students, administrators, and alumni took part in the annual Good Friday Walk.
Visiting six neighborhood parishes in Dorchester and South Boston, more than 300 of the private Jesuit school’s students took part in the five-mile walk that centered on the Catholic holiday and runup to Easter.
“It’s an amazing experience,” Alcelindo Costa, a Foxboro resident and junior at the school, said outside of St. Monica’s in South Boston. “It’s interesting to learn the culture of each church and every parish.”
From a stop at St Peter’s in Bowdoin-Geneva to a visit to Our Lady of Czestochowa in South Boston, the tour gave the students a chance to get off their Columbia Point campus.
“We want the city to see us and we want our students to see the city,” said Barbara O’Brien Miller, director of diversity for the school, who organized the first walk 26 years ago.
In addition to getting the students off the school’s seaside campus and into the community, the walk also works to bring the community in, offering prayers in more than 15 languages, including Mandarin, Armenian, and Spanish.
“I do it because I’m from the community and I love the community,” said Nelson Miranda, dean of students for the school. “This is a way to show the community how unified we are.”