We will soon be welcoming Pope Francis to the United States! We invite you to be a part of the Pope’s visit by taking the Walk with Francis pledge.
Pope Francis has inspired and challenged people across the world, reminding us that “an authentic faith, which is never comfortable or completely personal, always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it.”
This September we welcome Pope Francis by committing to follow his example of faith and service. We are challenging individuals and organizations to take the pledge to Walk with Francis in a new way to advance his mission and ministry in the next year and in doing so to transform our community.
We ask that you pledge to do one or more of the following:
- Pray regularly for the Holy Father and learn about his message on the Joy of the Gospel, the mercy of God and the love of Christ.
- Serve by reaching out and caring for those in need and supporting charitable efforts in our communities and beyond.
- Act to promote human life and dignity, justice and peace, family life and religious freedom, care for creation and the common good.
The pledge can be a commitment of spending a little more time in prayer each day or volunteer once a week. The length of your commitment, whether for a month, six months, or a year, is for you to decide in conversation with our Lord. Yet it is good to try to challenge ourselves! Pope Francis reminds us “not to be a part-time Christian, only at certain moments, in certain choices. Be a Christian at all times” (General Audience of May 15, 2013). The Walk with Francis pledge is our opportunity to deepen our relationship with Christ and be more confident, courageous, and creative followers of Jesus.
Pledges and posts received will be presented by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington as a welcome gift to the Holy Father during his visit. It is hard to imagine a more perfect gift to present to our Holy Father than the promise that those most in need of prayer and healing, compassion and hope will be touched by Christ’s love by all of us who have taken the Walk with Francis pledge.
We encourage you to share your pledge story on social media with the hashtags #WalkWithFrancis and #CCWVa. You can also make your pledge at WalkWithFrancis.org.
#WalkWithFrancis Pledge Sharing Examples:
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the Pope’s message and ways to get involved, please contact:
|Katie Hinerman||Kate Kosydar|
|Marketing Communications Specialist||Parish Social Ministry Coordinator|
|Catholic Charities West Virginia||Catholic Charities West Virginia|
|(304) 905-9860 ext. 2026||(304) 622-4532|