‘Journey with Jesus to Calvary’

Categories: Around the Diocese

April 11, 2014, edition
Photos by Paul Middlestaedt

Parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi in St. Francis will again present the unique play, “Journey With Jesus to Calvary.” With each year of production, this play is gaining popularity.

In its sixth year, the play was initially written by a parishioner for presentation to the religious education students to highlight the events that occurred during Holy Week.

This is not a typical “passion play” but a performance that will teach, inspire and move the audience. For some it means getting angry at the soldier who whips Jesus or crying with Mary as she talks about her son. Still others may be moved by the lessons learned as described by Jesus.

More than 60 parishioners are involved in the production.

Performances are Palm Sunday weekend — Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. Free of charge.


Jesus, played by Bob Theisen, carries the cross to his fate.


Donkey Leader Zachary Boeckermann sits as he listens.


Soldiers Glen Burg (left), and Sylvester Tschida flank Barabbas played by Chris Burg.


Cast members take their spots at the front of St. Francis of Assisi Church to begin their production of “Journey with Jesus to Calvary.”


Jesus with his disciples during the last supper.


Mary, played by Barb Moorman, is flanked by Joan Boeckermann who plays Mary Magdalene (left) and Carol Gerads who plays Martha as they follow Jesus.