Seminarians attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.

45th Annual Event Promotes Dignity of Human Life

Every year I join 250,000 people to march in our national capital in support of the cause of life. A population larger than the majority of our state capitals descends on the streets of Washington, D.C., marching from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court.

The main cause is well-known: an end to abortion and an end to the funding of agencies and companies which thrive in the Culture of Death. Along with this, groups march for an end euthanasia, the death penalty, human trafficking and other causes which violate the dignity of the human person.

I attended this year with three of my fellow seminarians, joined by Bishop Milan Lach of the Eparchy of Parma and Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Eparchy of Passaic, and the young men and women of Eastern Catholic March for Life. In turn, we were joined by friars, monks, nuns, Orthodox clergy, muslims, Jews, and at least one banner which read “Secular Pro-Life.”

I was delighted to find that the crowd was dominated by the young people rallying behind banners proclaiming them to be students at Catholic high schools and universities. At the end of the march many of us, friends, family, shepherds, sheep, brothers and sisters in Christ, gathered across from the steps of the Supreme Court building to pray the Akathist.

Media outlets may ignore the March for Life, but young people are hearing, believing, and spreading the message of hope. I hope that you will all pray with me and all of those who marched with me that my son may grow up in a world where abortion is not only illegal, but has been rendered unnecessary by the charity of good Christians everywhere and the prudence of a society which votes their conscience.