march for life

St. Louis pilgrims brave elements to witness to life

Father Andrew Burkemper, right, hugged Chuck Raymond after Father Burkemper’s bus arrived at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester early in the morning Jan. 25. Four buses from Missouri Right to Life were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in a blizzard after the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The thick grime that coated the bus from top to bottom was the lasting evidence of what a group of pilgrims went through when they traveled to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., last month.

Nearly 50 pilgrims arrived at St. Joseph Church in Manchester around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 25, after spending more than 24 hours stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the massive blizzard that hit the East Coast Jan. 22. The bus was one of four from the Missouri Life Caravan, organized annually by Missouri Right to Life, that were stuck on the turnpike.

SNOW VS. WADE

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In the end, the snow didn't conquer. Life was victorious.

That was the message shared through the witness and energy of 1,000 teens who came to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for a special Generation Life program hosted by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate Jan. 23.

More than 2,200 teens were supposed to attend the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the day before, but the youth apostolate cancelled its annual Generation Life pilgrimage just days before a blizzard walloped the East Coast, dumping nearly two feet of snow or more in D.C. and surrounding areas.

SNOW VS. WADE

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | @aeternusphoto About one thousand GenLifeSTL youths prayed at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis before marching in pilgrimage to pray at the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Part Blvd. The procession was led by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson as the rosary way prayed. They then returned to the Cathedral for Mass.

In the end, the snow didn’t conquer. Life was victorious.

That was the message shared through the witness and energy of 1,000 teens who came to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for a special Generation Life program hosted by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate Jan. 23.

March for Life marks 43rd anniversary of Roe decision legalizing abortion

Pro-life advocates walk past the Supreme Court building during the March for Life in Washington Jan. 22, the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.

WASHINGTON -- Catholic admonitions about inclusion mixed with strong political language before the March of Life got underway Jan. 22 in Washington.

At a Jesuit-sponsored Mass for life at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church that morning, Father Paddy Gilger's homily reminded a small group of students that because Jesus made an effort to be inclusive when he chose his disciples, they, too, should be respectful of others' opinions.

"As we join in the fight against the scourge of abortion, our differences remain, and that's OK," he said.

Turnaround doesn’t diminish commitment to life to group from Immaculate Conception in Union

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Corinne Schroeder was on her first March for Life trip and stood outside the Washington Monument with her friends as they toured the city. Father Joseph Post accompanied 77 eight-graders from Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington, MO. He and their chaperones will be participating in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The pilgrims visited the Washington Monument on their first morning in the nations Capitol. Most of the youngsters (and parents) were on their first March for Life trip

This was supposed to be their year for the big trip.

Eighth-graders at Immaculate Conception Parish in Union packed their bags, loaded the bus and made it all the way to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life. In class, they had been learning about abortion, chastity and other life issues, and they were ready to be witnesses to that newfound knowledge in the nation's capital.

Cardinal Dolan: Newborn in manger a positive sign of a culture of life

Clergy processed at the beginning of the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life Jan. 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The all-night vigil is held before the annual March for Life, which this year marked the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation.

WASHINGTON -- A baby in a manger is proof enough for Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York that Americans can express a culture of life.

And it wasn't the Christ child. Instead, it was a newborn infant left by his mother in the crib of a manger scene at a parish in the New York City borough of Queens.

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