On Fridays during Lent, Canisius offers a Stations of the Cross prayer service for students, faculty and staff in the school's Chapel of the Sacred Heart. This tradition began after Mr. Sam Rizzo '97 joined the Canisius faculty for the 2003-2004 school year. The Stations of the Cross is a traditional devotion based upon seeing images of, and meditating upon, the passion of Jesus with accompanying communal prayers.
"I was an altar server from the fifth grade through the week before I left for college and I loved going to the church every Friday evening of Lent to meditate on the stations," explains Mr. Rizzo. "When I came to Canisius I realized that I missed that tradition in my own life." So, he approached Fr. William McCurdy S.J., a Jesuit who was serving at Canisius High School at the time, for help getting the practice started.
"Some years we've seen great participation from students and faculty," says Mr. Rizzo and he hopes that this year members of the community come out to deepen the Lenten season.
There will be adult leaders in the chapel to lead the Stations of the Cross at the start of every lunch period for each Friday of Lent that the school is open.