CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANN
For their Walk with Francis pledge, seventh graders from Our Lady of Victory School in Washington – from left to right, Tadhg Martinez, Greyson Kiondo, Garett Joldersma and Samantha MacPherson – make sack lunches for the homeless served by Friendship Place.
CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANN For their Walk with Francis pledge, seventh graders from Our Lady of Victory School in Washington – from left to right, Tadhg Martinez, Greyson Kiondo, Garett Joldersma and Samantha MacPherson – make sack lunches for the homeless served by Friendship Place.

During Masses on the weekend of Sept. 5-6, members of parishes across the Archdiocese of Washington took the Walk with Francis Pledge to honor Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the nation’s capital. Students at Catholic schools have also begun taking the pledge. Here are some examples of the many thousands of people who have taken the Walk with Francis Pledge:

• Parishioners at  Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Washington are walking with Francis by studying his ecology encyclical Laudato Si’ as a parish over the next couple of weeks after Sunday Mass.

•  Kate Abbott and her husband, parishioners at St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Washington, walked with Francis by picking up trash on the beach.

•  Different grades at Little Flower School in Great Mills choose different ways to Walk with Francis. Fourth graders there have pledged to help people who are having trouble, and to pick up trash. Sixth graders are pledging to do one nice act for a different person each day. First graders have pledged to "Walk with Francis" by praying the Our Father everyday. Second graders are pledging to "Walk with Francis" by acting like the school’s patroness, St. Therese, and doing small acts of kindness every day. Fifth graders are pledging to "Walk with Francis" by more fully participating in all forms of prayer here at school and by starting a school garden.

•  St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Washington tweeted- “Pray for Mary & Eric who will #WalkwithFrancis in a big way today - they are getting married @dePaulDC!”

•  Students at Holy Cross School in Garrett Park made cards and prayed for the students at Holy Cross in Ghana.

•  Georgetown University challenged all the campus ministries to Walk with Francis. Georgetown’s Jewish community will be hosting a film and a series of events on the environment, and the Muslim community there will “continue to be a voice for women all over the world,” said Imam Yahya Hendi.

•  Vivian Richards from the Academy of St. Matthias in Lanham is walking with Francis by packing meals for struggling seniors citizens at the AARP event “A Celebration of Service” on 9/11 to honor the fallen.

(To take the Walk with Francis Pledge, go online to walkwithfrancis.org or on social media to #WalkwithFrancis.)