Holy Family University will travel to Washington D.C. on Friday, January 27, to participate in the 44th annual March for Life event. The theme for 2017 is The Power of One.
Sponsored by Campus Ministry, participants will gather in the morning for coffee, juice, and bagels at 5:30 am before embarking on their journey at 6:00 am. Upon arrival, the group will participate in the Liturgy for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine at 10:00 am. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia will preside at this liturgy and Father James MacNew will concelebrate with other priests from Philadelphia.
Following the Liturgy, the Holy Family University group will proceed to the march, which will travel towards the Supreme Court, where a collection of Pro-Life speakers will share stories and presentations.
“We go to the March for Life from Holy Family University precisely as an exercise in lived spirituality, reverently putting our faith into practice on the streets of the nation's capital,” said Father James MacNew, OSFS. “For our students, the trip is an amazingly uplifting experience to see that the march is, in large part, a gathering of over 400,000 young people from diverse religious denominations, walking together in defense of human life and in celebration of reverence for each and every human person. Even if the weather is cold, wet, and blustery, and it often is, the spirit of the participants of the march is always warm and embracing. Even the hearts of District of Columbia and Federal Security officers are moved by the members of this demonstration, who unfailingly thank them for enabling and facilitating our exercise of the First Amendment."
According to the March for Life website, the event “began in Washington, D.C., as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.”
Confirmed speakers include Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to President-elect Trump; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City; Benjamin Watson, Tight End for the Baltimore Ravens; Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director and founder of And Then There Were None; Karyme Lozano, Mexican telenovela star; Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author and host of The Eric Metaxas Show; and Bishop Vincent Mathews Jr., President at Church of God in Christ World Missions.