Despite a taste of summer in the air on Saturday, June 5th, 500 pro-lifers gathered for a call to action while mourning the thousands of lives lost to abortion in West Chester, PA a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia.
The day began with Mass at St. Agnes Church near the heart of town. Bishop John McIntyre was celebrant homilist for the Mass for Life. In his homily, he reflected on his visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York and how the 3,000 lives lost there was no different that the daily murder of the unborn in our society today. He reminded everyone that life from womb to tomb is precious and made perfect in the eye of God.
After the celebration of Mass, the pro-lifers peacefully march around town. The first stop was the Planned Parenthood facility.
Following the brief rally and prayer at Planned Parenthood, everyone processed to the courthouse in the middle of town.
The speakers were deep, personal, and cover topics that are affecting the culture of life.
Overall, the day was filled with beauty and love.
Please see our gallery containing photos from the event here.
The following is from Jo Christof of Chester County, Pennsylvania. We encourage everyone in Southeast Pennsylvania to join with Chester County to send a peaceful, prayerful message to the community that abortion is morally and ethically wrong. Details on this March for Life are in the inserts below.
This summer we mark 25 years since Planned Parenthood in West Chester began doing abortions. Over 23,000 children have lost their lives there since August 1996.
The Chester County Pro-Life Coalition is sponsoring a March for Life on Saturday, June 5, 2021. It will begin with Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. John J. McIntyre at 9:00 am at St. Agnes Church in West Chester. Following the Mass we will march to Planned Parenthood for prayer and then on to the Chester County Courthouse for a program of amazing speakers.
We encourage you to view the 12 minute video below of Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action. Video was provided by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia from the 2021 Philadelphia March for Life on January 23rd.
Do you want to know the beautiful thing about being Pro-Life?
We are fighting for the team that has “science, medicine, embryology, logic, and truth,” on our side.
Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action, empowered all of us at the Philadelphia March For Life by reminding us of the strength of the Pro-Life Movement.
We are blessed as Pro-Lifers to have organizations like Live Action working every day to give us the information we need to be educated warriors for life.
Alison’s unique path to the Pro-Life movement, rooted in Philadelphia, and so much more beautiful encouragement can be found by listening to Alison’s Speech at the Philadelphia March For Life.
The following is from Tina Whittington, the Vice President of Students for Life of America.
I need you to SAVE THE DATE for our 2022 National Pro-Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
This one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages saw a record-breaking crowd, selling out at over 3,400 attendees in January 2020.
As you know, we had to replace the 2021 National Pro-Life Summit with our National #Stand4Life Weekend that we hosted in 18 cities across the country and online with more than 63,000 pro-lifers joining us!
But today, I am thrilled to announce that the National Pro-Life Summit is BACK for 2022 and will be better than ever!
While we’ll be revealing the theme of the 2022 National Summit at a later date, what I can tell you right now is all the benefits of attending, like…
Explore and strengthen your personal calling for Life
Become energized to protect the preborn and their mothers
Learn how to engage in the culture more effectively
Strategize with other pro-life youth and adults from communities across the nation
Meet and hear from dozens of experts in the pro-life movement
More details are to come, but you can sign up here to stay in the loop about all Summit-related announcements and updates.
We will sell out again this year…so, trust me, you’ll want to be among the first to know when registration goes live.
I hope you’ll consider joining me, the rest of the Students for Life team, and 3,000+ of your closest pro-life friends in January!
Everyone is invited to be part of the 1.5 mile prayer walk in St. Louis, MO on March 6th. Details and program are listed below.
Human Life Action is proud to join with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO, and the Diocese of Belleville, IL, and many other great pro-lifers to announce the March on the Arch, scheduled for Saturday, March 6, in St. Louis, MO.
We are committed to standing up for the most vulnerable in our community while building a community that respects and defends life at all stages. That means March on the Arch 2021 will look different than in the past. This year, marchers will depart at intervals on a 1.5 mile prayer walk in the heart of our region, starting outside the last abortion facility in Missouri.
Arrive before your chosen start time to kick off your MORNING prayer walk with one of our inspiring speakers (listed below) brought to you by Master of Ceremonies Zip Rzeppa. AFTERNOON marchers can enjoy an individual or guided prayer walk and a chance to meet the incredible Pro-Life organizations who are sponsoring March on the Arch 2021.
Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Steve Rupp, Missouri Right to Life
Kathy Sparks Lesnoff, Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers (former abortion medical assistant)
Hope Miller, Crusaders for Life
Brian Westbrook & Rachell Highley, Coalition for Life St. Louis
Reagan Barklage, Students for Life of America
Bishop Michael McGovern, Diocese of Belleville
President Matthew Harrison, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Prayer Walk Location and START Times
The 9:30 AM start time is reserved for those at a high risk for COVID-19. Other departures will occur at scheduled intervals between 10 AM and 2 PM. The 1.5 mile route will begin outside the last abortion facility in Missouri.
On Friday, the Knights of Columbus board of directors have elected, Patrick Kelly to succeed Carl Anderson as the new Supreme Knight of the largest Catholic fraternity of the world.
The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882, started out as an organization to foster Catholic manhood while helping fatherless families who have no breadwinner present. Today, the order has nearly 2 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Poland, Lithuania, France, and Ukraine.
Those who have attended the March for Life in DC or on a local level would notice the order’s signature Defend Life from the order that is proudly carried throughout the rally and even March by individuals.
Kelly was instrumental in the order’s ultrasound initiative that started in 2009 with a goal to have one ultrasound in every 50 states in the United States by 2019. It was successful that he accomplished that goal within a ten year span.
In addition to the ultrasound initiative, Kelly launched the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program that countered the global pandemic last March.
Kelly will begin his Supreme Knight tenure on Monday, March 1st. Anderson, a twenty year leader of the organization is stepping down as he will adhere to the by-laws of the organization to step down when reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Join the Knights of Columbus
For Catholic men 18 and over in good standing you are called to be a member of the organization and be a part of an organization that will foster manhood and a stronger faith. To join, visit here and use promo code MCGIVNEY2020 for one year of free membership.
These Liberties We Hold Sacred
The outgoing Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus has recently came out with a new book that is hot off the press. It features a collection of his essays, speeches, and even articles that defends Freedom of Religion. Place your order here.
Enjoy some of the photos from yesterday’s event. Nearly 200 people came out to give witness to life, many were from Students for Life, sporting a purple knit hat that read: “Pro Life Generation” across their foreheads.
For the blog post about the event, read about it here.
In addition to the day outside of Planned Parenthood, learn why I still made the trip to DC for the March for Life, despite the restrictions and the switch to virtual.
Today, while everyone was home due to the virtual March for Life, I was in our nation’s capital for a big weekend.
I got there early and met a couple of local regulars.
A few minutes later, 100 college students and regional coordinators from Students for Life came out and help packed the sidewalk.
I led the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. As we were transitioning into the rosary, a young man dropped off his girlfriend and taunted verbal and even hateful things at us. It was tempting to stop the praying. However, I kept going without stopping like a train on full speed to its destination. I even felt that my Guardian Angel was watching over me as that same man made threats to bring a gun and unload bullets on me and fellow pro-lifers.
Thankfully everyone kept the faith while their composure and we managed to have an eventful day on the sidewalk filling it with love, mercy, and even hope as it lies only a mile from one of the most beautiful Basilicas in the country on the grounds of Catholic University of America.
The devil is real and he knows that his time is short. His weapons are vices and principalities. Ours are prayers, works of service and mercy, and even the Eucharist.
Hard to believe that many of us had to enjoy a streaming of the March for Life from the comfort of our own home. At least those that were watching didn’t have to endure the bitter cold conditions like I did.
Then, there were those, like me, that still made the trek to our nation’s capital to keep the tradition alive.
I’m Never Alone
I remember God planting the seeds for this once in a lifetime moment to send a message to others. When I got to the National Mall, I remember looking around and thinking back to the past National Marches that have taken place. Then, as I was snapped back to reality thanks to a trio of cheerful women from Cincinnati, I knew that I wasn’t the only person that still made it to DC to keep it alive.
As I ventured around the rest of the mall, we bumped into people from Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and even South Carolina. People of all walks of life that felt compelled to keep their annual pilgrimage going.
WHY ARE WE HERE?
As we all regrouped, we gathered at the mall. One by one, everyone shared their stories of why they are pro-life. There were two that stood out.
The first was a student from Penn State who shared how his best friend who has such a deep faith recently celebrated his 19th birthday. He later learned that his friend would not be alive if it weren’t for her mother’s “yes” to be here. Because of the example of his friend, he became Catholic after searching for the right answers.
The other story was how a woman shared that his brother with down syndrome who celebrated his 50th birthday and how she is disgusted at how 90% with the same condition are aborted.
Following the sharing of testimonies we all stopped along a familiar place during the march. We waited for our chance and we prayed more.
After 30 minutes and thanks to those who were able to watch the livestream, we all made our way to the national leaders on 3rd Street and processed over to Massachusetts Avenue and onto Second Avenue to the back of the Supreme Court.
In the midst of bumping into amazing friends and making new ones, one thing was clear and that was how extraordinary God provided through my out of the ordinary experience with this year’s March for Life. I even told those that were with me on the National Mall that this whole virtual apparatus will not settle the debate. Rather, it creates a dichotomy that can only be filled by being the foot soldiers we need to be present.
If we are going to win the abortion debate, we need to step away from the screen and be willing to go out into the public square, our community, and even the nearest abortion facility in your community to change hearts and minds.
Today, do your part to make your real presence known.