Mount St. Mary University’s hosted “Back from the Dead Cemetery Walks” as an engaging and inspiring way to teach the Catholic perspective on the Last Things—death, judgment, heaven and hell—according to a website about the walk.
The Rev. Brian Nolan, creator of the walk and campus chaplain at Mount St. Mary’s, said that the walk is a little scary, but is about more than that, with a theme of inspiring a “holy fear of the things you should be afraid of, and a great love of heaven,” according to an article in the Frederick News-Post.
Especially appropriate during the month of October, attendees of the walk encounter martyrs, saints and others who have “come back from the dead” to share their stories. Most of the actors and actresses are Mount St. Mary’s students.
Along the walk, participants will meet St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, dressed in a black gown and bonnet, who describes how she faced the deaths of her husband and two daughters with the aid of her faith. Seton says to the attendees, “Sometimes it’s hard to understand our lives fully in the moment… There were times of great darkness, but also little glimpses of heaven along the way.”
The walk was held on three different dates during October in the cemetery at the National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md.
Mount St. Mary’s is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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