Faithful Catholic Colleges and Schools Join 2017 March for Life
Faithful Catholic colleges and schools were well represented at the 44th annual March for Life last Friday in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff from Newman Guide colleges and Catholic Education Honor Roll high schools were among the hundreds of thousands that turned out in the nation’s capital to support the right to life for all people.
Students from the Newman Guide–recommended University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., were chosen to lead the March this year after their story of getting stuck in a blizzard on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for over 24 hours following last year’s March went viral. The university was also extended the opportunity to have a student speak at the March for Life rally. Katrina Gallic, a senior, addressed the March for Life attendees with a specific focus on her fellow college students, saying, “This is not someone else’s problem. Indifference is not an option. Ending abortion is our responsibility.”
“We are positioned by providence and by history,” she continued, “to end the scourge of abortion in our nation. We can stare into the face of this injustice and have hope for we know we fight for the truth.”
Gallic was joined at the speakers’ podium by top-ranking White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson, former Planned Parenthood director and founder of ‘And Then There Were None’ Abby Johnson, and other leaders in the pro-life movement, including Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence made history by being the first vice president in history to attend the March or speak at the rally. The vice president told the assembled at the rally that he was “humbled” to be there and credited the growing numbers of pro-life people with the election of a pro-life majority in Congress. “Because of all of you, and the many thousands who stand with us at marches like this all across the nation,” Pence said, “life is winning again in America!”
Pence also gave insight as to the new administration’s plan for the pro-life cause. “This administration will work with Congress to end taxpayer-funding of abortion and abortion providers,” Pence explained, “and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across America.”
The vice president’s participation in the March resulted in what March for Life President Jeannie Mancini called “a huge uptick in media coverage” of the event this year. “Right before I came over I was on the phone with NPR, before that NBC Nightly News, before that the New York Times,” she told EWTN on Wednesday. “So outlets that sometimes report on the march that aren’t typically that friendly towards the march have been calling and we’ve been having in-depth conversations. It’s been a great opportunity.”
Last week, The Cardinal Newman Society joined the Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues in calling on the media to provide fair news coverage of the March for Life. The event was covered by more news outlets than ever before, with NPR, CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others, reporting on the pro-life gathering.
Sixteen faithful Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide sent representatives to the March. In addition to the University of Mary, students from Christendom College, Aquinas College (Tenn.), Benedictine College, Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, The Catholic University of America, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Northeast Catholic College, Thomas More College, Mount St. Mary’s University, University of St. Thomas, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Thomas Aquinas College, St. Gregory’s University, and Walsh University marched in defense of the right to life.
Students from John Paul the Great Catholic University and Wyoming Catholic College participated in the 13th annual Walk for Life: West Coast in San Francisco, Ca. on Jan 21st.
Among the Honor Roll schools, students and faculty from Seton School in Manassas, Va., participated in the March, and Holy Cross Academy from Oneida, N.Y., sent about 40 students. Saint Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, Ariz., sent 46 students and teachers to the Walk for Life in San Francisco and around 50 to the March for Life in D.C., several of whom were interviewed by the Diocese of Tulsa before the March.
Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa., bussed the majority of its students to D.C. “We are very excited to be a part of this day and be witnesses of how we are called to live out our faith and walk for the defenseless,” Rebekah Hayes, campus minister for the high school, told the Newman Society.
John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, said the March is a “wonderful thing” for students to participate in because it allows young people to experience solidarity with others and grow in courage. “It’s good practice for you for later occasions when you [will need] the courage to speak up,” Garvey told CUA students at a gathering before the March.
Below is the Newman Society’s social media photo journal of the March. A direct link to the stream is available here.
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