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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Two days before Easter, and local residents walked through La Crosse carrying a cross, and providing awareness for homelessness and poverty.

More than 50 La Crosse area residents walked through the downtown area on Good Friday, to raise awareness for these social justice issues.

“What this means for us is that this day is not just a day of going to church and praying, but to really make it very real how there is still suffering in the world,” Social Justice Walk Coordinator Rosalie Hooper Thomas said.

Hooper Thomas has organized the past five walks, and she said she enjoys planning the event, because it is the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s mission to help people be aware of poverty.

“I want people to know that we can do something. So often, we see things on the news and we think ‘oh, we can’t do anything about it’, or ‘I need to give up everything and become poor’,” Hooper Thomas said.

Residents made ten stops throughout La Crosse between the Spirituality Center and Riverside Park, singing and praying, to celebrate life.

“I think this walk is important for bringing forward the tradition of Jesus and to remember it 2,000 years later. To be able to walk in the steps that he would’ve walked and remember what it is like to carry the cross is important,” Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Sister Amy Taylor said.

Sister Amy participated in the walk for the first time ever on Friday, and she said she chose to walk because she wanted to be a part of the community, and gain a closer look at La Crosse’s social issues.

Easter Sunday is only two days away, and Hooper Thomas said she hopes through prayer, Friday’s walk would provide hope for La Crosse residents.

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