generation life

Conceived in rape, Ryan Bomberger shares message of unity, diversity

Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation, spoke to GenLifeSTL youth Jan. 23. Bomberger, a product of rape, was adopted and given the chance to live and be loved because his birth mother chose life.

Wearing a T-shirt with the hashtag #AllLivesMatter, Ryan Bomberger took to a stage in front of 2,000 teens to explain why he was wearing that message on his shirt.

"I am the 1 percent that is used to justify 100 percent of abortion," said Bomberger, who spoke to St. Louis teens attending the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry's Generation Life pilgrimage in Washington D.C.

Editorial | Uphold the beauty of each life

Children have a striking instinct for perceiving the evil of abortion. Perhaps it is, in part, a child's tremendous capacity for hope and awe that leads her to sense the absurdity of the choice against a human life that has just begun.

Generation Life hits the road

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Caitlyn Gund hugged her mom Stacy before she borded a bus to Washington, D.C.  It will be the first time the sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy has participated in the March for Life.  Thirty nine busses filled with teens, young adults and chaperones left St. Louis to begin the Generation Life STL Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Two hundred students from Cor Jesu Academy departed from school and will drive all night in order to arrive in time for the March for Life.  They will join an estimated crowd of over 500,000 people from across the country who gather each year on the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision to legalize abortion.

On a chilly afternoon, under a few brief bursts of warmth from the sun, students at Cor Jesu Academy scurried about as they prepared to leave for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The annual event commemmorates the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion on demand. 

March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice will be in Washington, D.C., this week for events surrounding the Pro-Life March. Approximately 2,000 teenagers from the Archdiocese of St. Louis also will be there as part of the Generation Life pilgrimage. For updates on their pilgrimage, visit the Virtual  Vestibule, the blog of the St. Louis Review and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. You can also follow Generation Life on Facebook ( and Twitter (@genlifest).

Catholics in St. Louis to mark anniversary of Roe vs. Wade decision

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion virtually on demand in the United States. Thousands from the St. Louis Archdiocese are expected to attend the annual March for Life Thursday, Jan. 22, in Washington, D.C.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Mass coincides with the monthly Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass. Afterward, there will be a Rosary procession to the nearby Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Thousands of St. Louisans brave snow to March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Much like the lyrics in the popular song from Disney's recent movie, "Frozen," St. Louisans on the March for Life are opining that "the cold never bothered me anyway."

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