With a blessing from members of the Chaminade Julienne and Carroll High School communities during a Mass in the CJ Chapel, students, faculty and staff from each school embarked to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 26.
“I have always wanted to go on the March for Life trip but never had the opportunity,” said Nate Reuter ‘17. “Fortunately, I got to go last year, however we didn't get to march due to the inclement weather so this year was the first time that I actually marched.”
The day of the march itself, on Friday, January 27, began with a prayer and Youth Rally and Mass sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C at the Armory.
“(CJ parents) Ohio State Representative Steve, Kathleen and Jack Huffman ‘20 joined us at Mass,” religion teacher and Eagles for Life moderator Karen Emmerich explained. “We took the Metro to L'Enfant Plaza for lunch and then walked to the National Mall to join the March. We joined the groups that were marching with Ohio Right to Life.”
“My favorite part of this trip was marching with hundreds of thousands of people who are pro-life like me,” shared Lydia Metallinos ‘18.
“Seeing so many people marching, and seeing the inspiring environment that it created, gave me hope for the future,” added Katie Zopff ‘19. Zopff, along with her brother, Michael '17, sister Mo '16 and father, Tom, all attended the March for Life.
"I went to the March with 50 others from Marian University," Mo explained. "It was really great to continue my participation in the March for Life after graduating from CJ, where I was introduced to the March through Eagles for Life."
“After the March, we found Representative Warren Davidson on the steps of the Capitol Building and spoke with him for a bit,” Emmerich continued. “Then we went to a reception sponsored by Senator Rob Portman. The senator spoke at length with our group.”
The following day, the group attended the Students for Life of America East Coast Conference where they heard several presentations.
“The students were particularly impressed with Josh Brahm from the Equal Rights Institute,” noted Emmerich. “After the conference, we went to the new Planned Parenthood facility in Washington, D.C. and prayed a rosary there.”
“There were so many parts of the trip that I loved, but my favorite would have to be when our group stopped at a Planned Parenthood in D.C. to pray outside of it for an end to abortion,” said Katie. “It was a very powerful time.”
Reuter agreed, “Praying in front of the Planned Parenthood in D.C. had a very big impact to me. I was so surprised as to how big it is. Some people driving by would lay on their horns out of anger or frustration at us but we kept on praying for the respect to all life. Actually seeing one of the institutions that carry out abortions and praying in front of it for those who can't speak for themselves was so heartbreaking but reassuring.”
When reflecting on the trip, Metallinos added, “If anyone is considering going on this trip they should seriously try to go. It is so rewarding and humbling to march for all of the innocent babies out there.”
Pictures from the March for Life can be found here.
Posted February 6, 2017