By Anthony J. Machcinski
Even before Harold Camping started talking about May 21 as Judgment Day, the term “evangelist” had received a negative connotation. However, Stephen Marette hopes to change that.
While his name may not be familiar to those outside the West Hudson Christian Center here, Marette is the man who every Saturday walks up and down Kearny Ave. carrying an eight-foot cross over his shoulder.
“I go out there in any weather,” said Marette, a construction worker who has carried the cross for the past year and a half.
Marette, 38, got the idea from another evangelist, Arthur Blessitt, who carried his cross to many countries around the world. Once receiving his calling, Marette built his own cross out of pressure-treated four-by-fours, with a strap to secure it on his shoulder and a wheel avoid damaging the pavement, which could happen were the cross dragged along.