Come relive Christs' last moments as he embarks on the journey towards His victory over death for each one of us.

The Way of the Cross, initiated by the youth of the Diocese of Peterborough in 2005, is a celebration of Christ’s Passion through a re-enactment of the 14 traditional stations of the cross in the streets of Peterborough on Good Friday. Although the youth are the actors and original inspiration for this annual event, it remains always an opportunity for all people of all ages, backgrounds and faith traditions to worship Our Lord, to reflect on his great sacrifice for us and to witness to our faith.

Most of the youth involved in the event begin preparing and rehearsing as early as January. Roles include soldiers, high priests, women of Jerusalem, Mary Magdalene, St. John, St. Veronica, etc. as well as Jesus. The youths involved in The Way of the Cross, who come from different parishes and schools in and around Peterborough, remain an example of generosity for all as they sacrifice their time and energy to serve in this great re-enactment.

A great amount of time and energy is put into ensuring that every detail is finely tuned. Different costumes for each actor are made which allow the re-enactment to take place in both warm and cold weather. Every year, the Way of the Cross begins with a short ecumenical prayer service within St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral before moving outside where the first few stations begin. The re-enactment moves through the streets of Peterborough in a procession ending at Immaculate Conception church. Participants are invited to move along with the procession or to simply spectate from the street-side.


9:00 AM - Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains is opened for the public

10:00 AM - The ecumenical prayer service commences in the Cathedral

10:30 AM - The prayer service is concludes and all are invited to move outside for the start of the procession.

Thanks to Knights of Columbus Council 798, the washrooms in the Knights of Columbus/Bishop Doyle Hall, found immediately across the road from the front doors of the Cathedral, will be opened to the public from this time.

10:30 AM - The procession begins in front of the Cathedral before moving East on Hunter Street through the city of Peterborough.

12:00-12:45 PM - The procession is completed within Immaculate Conception Parish, followed by a concluding prayer service and remarks.


[This] has certainly given me a better understanding of what Jesus went through. It gives me a better understanding of the strength he would have to have and His faith in God.

Liam McNeil, 2013

portrayed Jesus in 2013
Each year is different...But, despite the minor differences found from year to year, a deep and spiritual connection is always present. Both the actors and spectators witness the brutality of the Roman soldiers, the grief of Our Lady and, above all, the agony and sorrow of Our Lord...

Jane Connell

portrayed Mary in 2013
For ten years now, the youth of our diocese have proclaimed the meaning [of the Lord's Passion] and, despite cultural challenges to their message, they announced to the city and our community their faith in a love that has no limits; and they will not be silenced!

Bishop Nicola De Angelis CFIC

Bishop-Emeritus of the Diocese of Peterborough
...it is my hope that the re-enactment of the scenes will help make the event of 2000 years ago more real to us today...

Fr. Norbet Glasmacher


!!! We need your help !!!

For 12 years now, the celebration of the Way of the Cross through downtown Peterborough has touched the hearts of many. Hundreds of people from the City of Peterborough and much farther come out to participate annually and have made this celebration part of their own Good Friday and Easter practice. Few are left untouched.

However, this celebration is only a success because of the time and talents generously offered up by a great many men and women. About one hundred individuals are involved each year. Some lead the celebration by re-enacting the various stations of the Cross. Others may assist more invisible as they modify and repair costumes, work with sound equipment, provide some refreshments for the actors or even work as marshals who guide and assist the crowds.

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Contact us

  • 705 745 5123 ext 24
  • 820 Frank Street, Peterborough, ON

Here are some areas where we need some help, ways that you can get involved:

Help out behind the scenes...

  • Costume or Prop Assistance - we need talented individuals to help modify or repair costumes or props to ensure that our actors look great.
  • Trucks - we need help from people with trucks to help move equipment, setup and take down, carry sound equipment and lead the celebration.
  • Makeup - we need those experienced with makeup to help make fake 'wounds' on Jesus.
  • Marshals - we need help on Good Friday with guiding and assisting the crowds who will be participating.
  • Food Preparation - our actors need to eat.
  • Sound Technician - we need someone who is able to use sound equipment to help ensure that all who come can hear what's happening.

To see a full description of roles needed to help us prepare, click here.

To see a full description of roles needed on the day of, click here.

Help out as a re-enactor...

Pilot, Jesus, Veronica, Mary, the Roman soldiers, the women of Jerusalem. We need help fulfilling these roles. There are roles for anyone of any comfort or skill level. Only two of the roles have speaking parts and the majority of the roles are as a member of part of a group. There is no need for any previous experience or specialized talent. Anyone of any faith who is grade eight or higher is welcome to serve as a re-enactor.

Get your community service hours!

A great many community service hours are available in these roles. In fact, almost all of the community service hours needed to graduate from an Ontario Secondary School are available for those who serve as an re-enactor in this celebration.

Rehearsal Expectations

Re-enactors are expected to attend the rehearsals that take place on Friday's after school from 3:30pm till 6pm beginning on February 12th and ending on Good Friday, March 25th. Soldiers will have an additional rehearsal or two on a Saturday morning.

To see a full description of the re-enactment roles, click here.

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PHOTOBOOK - Commemorating Ten Years of the Way of the Cross

To celebrate the tenth annual Way of the Cross, the Youth Office released a commemorative photo book, chronicling the fourteen stations using photos from the first nine years, bible verses and meditations from various Saints.

Order yours today for $10! The books can be picked up at the Youth Office or we are now offering direct shipping for an additional cost of $3.00 per book; books will not be shipped until payment is received by the Youth Office.

Click here to Order your copy

Contact the Youth Office at 705-745-5123 ext 24 or youth@veyo.ca for more information on the Photo Book, or to order by phone.

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Do you want to advertise in our Way of the Cross Program? Advertising is a great way to support this event and share your business with those present. Our advertisements are affordable and easy to submit. Business cards are the perfect fit for our program and the perfect opportunity to support this event and grow your business.

Micro Space: 49mm x 64mm $30.00 Ideal size to share a simple message or Easter Greeting. No pictures can be included in this size.
Enhanced Business Card: 110mm x 64mm $50.00 This size is perfectly designed to have your business card dropped in an enlarged to fit space. A simple an effective way for your business to show support.
Full Page: 166mm x 222mm $150.00 A full page in the program is a great way for a parish or business to show their support for the youth and this activity.



Advertisements can be emailed to youth@veyo.ca or mailed to:


Youth Office

Diocese of Peterborough 350 Hunter St West - Box 175 Peterborough, ON K9J 6Y8  

Please Note:

  • Advertisement content must be inline with the underlying values of the Way of the Cross and The Vocations, Evangelization and Youth Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough. Any advertisement that does not meet the values will not be run and money will be returned.
  • Advertisements will be run in FULL GRAYSCALE.
  • Payment must be received with a digital copy of the advertisement you wish to run.
  • Cheques must be made payable to: RCEC Diocese of Peterborough.
  • No advertisements will be taken after the deadline. All advertisements received after the deadline will be returned with money.


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