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Church Members Carry Cross & Pray on Good Friday

Michelle O'Neill

As they have every Good Friday for 37 years, today members of a local church prayed and worshipped while walking with a cross from downtown Rock Island to their building on 12th Street and 42nd Avenue.

Pastor of Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church, Drew Nagle, says this morning, about 15 people participated. Another pastor accompanied the group from city hall until they reached her church on 12th Street and 12th Avenue.
He's referring to the fatal shooting of a suspect by a police officer, which happened just a block or two away from the Church of Peace.

According to a scholar the church consulted, the cross they carry is roughly the same dimensions and weight as one from Jesus' time. And the route is about the same distance he walked before his execution. 
Nagle says the first year, church members dragged the large, wooden cross. But the city requested they use wheels the next year to prevent damage to sidewalks.

Officially, Michelle's title for 28 years was WVIK News Editor. She did everything there is to do in the newsroom and whatever was needed around the radio station. She also served as Acting News Director from September 2023 - January 2024.