St. John Regional Catholic School students in Frederick are honoring Pope Francis by collecting shoes and supporting the Feet for Francis fundraiser.

Students have been studying what ‘The Year of Mercy,’ as proclaimed by the pope, means personally and throughout the community. The charitable aspect of Feet for Francis is donating gently worn or new shoes. St. John Regional Catholic School students are inviting the community to join their efforts by dropping off shoes at their school.

The shoes collected will go to one of 26 partner nations, including Haiti, Honduras, Tanzania and Columbia. The shoes can then be sold to help small business owners, or micro-entrepreneurs in those countries.

The shoe collection will go on until Oct. 5. The drop-off location is St. John Regional Catholic School, 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702.

Feet for Francis will also involve a 100-mile pilgrimage, in honor of the pope’s U.S. visit, led by Father John J. Lombardi, priest at St. Peter Catholic Church in Hancock. Sept. 20 to 27, the pilgrimage will go from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore to Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, where Pope Francis will lead a public Mass expected to attract as many as 1 million people.

For details, call 301-662-6722.

— Patti Borda Mullins

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