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Students Create Modern Stations of the Cross

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Students in Molleen Dominguez’s Masterpieces of Western Religious Art classes recently created Modern Stations of the Cross around the O’Dowd campus.

The Stations of the Cross are a traditional prayer practice in Christianity, especially Catholicism, where participants pray and walk from art piece to art piece, reflecting on the last moments of the life of Christ.

After studying Biblical accounts of the crucifixion, artistic representations of them, and other modern stations around the world, each of her two classes set out to create a set of 14 modern stations. They applied traditional stations (such as “Jesus falls a third time”) to modern situations (like policy brutality and environmental degradation).

Students in the classes provided thoughtful reflections about the stations, and reasons why they chose to locate stations in certain spaces.

For example, one student explained Station 6 – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus, located in Dominican Hall – this way: “Veronica wipes the face of Jesus when he falls, and our counselors help and support us when we are struggling in school or with our personal lives. The building is full of people that care and supports us, similar to how Veronica cares for Jesus.”

Station 10 – Jesus is Stripped of his Garments – is located at the lost-and-found station near the attendance office. A student noted “When Jesus was stripped of his garments, he experienced shame and a loss of identity. Reflecting on the lost items in the lost-and-found allows students to connect the loss of material items in their lives to the loss Jesus endured before his crucifixion. The material items that are lost represent other loss

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Students said the project made the Stations of the Cross real for them.

“I liked learning how Jesus’ suffering relates to our own,” Kelsey Pearl ’17 said.

“It was a fun way to voice our opinions and perceptions of our society with influence from Jesus’s trials and tribulations. I liked using our creativity in creating the stations and deciding where to display each one,” Andi Wiley ’18 said.

“It is hoped that most students will walk at least some of the stations as part of their Religious Studies classes,” Dominguez said. “But everyone is welcome to participate by walking the stations at any time.”

Guide books and maps of the stations are available at the front office, and the stations will be up until December 7.


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