Going to the March for Life? Staying in D.C. for the Weekend? Here are some events before and after and things you can do.

In a previous post, I shared about things to do if in D.C. for the weekend.

Recently, I discovered events from many pro-life groups national and local. One group is Priests for Life who will have events planned in D.C. and on the West Coast to coincide with Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Here is a list of additional events happening after the March, if you plan to stay for the night or make a weekend out of the largest peaceful demonstration of the country.

  1. Vigil for Life
    1. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will have a night-long vigil for life. Here is information on adoration, night prayer, and the opening and closing masses
  2. Nellie Gray Mass
    1. A mass in the extraordinary form will be celebrated by the community of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in downtown Washington D.C. This mass has been celebrated in memory of Nellie Gray for the last 8 years.
  3. Pro-Life Karaoke
    1. Rehumanize International and Secular Pro-Life will be hosting an epic karaoke party the night of the March for Life.
    2. This event is a fundraiser. $20 suggested donation at the door for adults. $10 suggested donation for students. $1-5 suggested donations to get on the song-request list. There will also be prizes and a raffle to win some limited edition pro-life merch! Light snacks, beer, wine, and soda will be provided! Email herb@rehumanizeintl.org  for further details.
  4. Students for Life of America Summit
    1. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski are slated to speak at the annual summit in Washington, D.C. which is expecting 2,000 in attendance.

What to bring and pack

It’s January. It will be cold, so be sure to bundle up, wear layers, and keep warm as best as possible.

Also bear in mind that you will encounter some homeless people living on the streets. Here is what to do.

  1. Give them your leftovers
  2. Give them toiletries (toothbrush, hand sanitizers,
  3. Help them get to a homeless shelter
  4. Give them your pocket change
  5. Give them clothes, gloves, a hat, scarf, and even your time.
  6. Give them a gift card to a fast-food chain.

To me, being Pro-Life does not have to limit us to defending the unborn. Rather, we care about all life. That is from the unborn child in the mother’s womb to the elderly person and everyone in between.

Can’t Make the March for Life? Here’s what you can do instead

It’s March for Life week. It is predicted that it will be the biggest rally in its history with marchers from 500,000 to possibly close to 800,000 from all across the United States. In addition to the March for Life in DC, this Saturday is also the Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Now, many of us are asking, “What if I can’t go to the March for Life?” That is okay. Here are some ideas of what you can do this Friday.

  1. Treat it like a Friday in Lent
    1. Abstain from meat
    2. Fast from sugar and cream and drink your coffee black
    3. Don’t butter your toast or drown your fries in ketchup. Eat them plain
    4. Limit your screen time if necessary
  2. Attend a Holy Hour near you
    1. Can you not watch for one hour
    2. Offer it up for those involved with the pro-life movement
    3. Go to confession
  3. Pray your rosary (this should be done every day)
    1. Offer it up for an end to abortion
    2. Pray for the conversion of those who are pro-choice among your family members and friends
  4. Offer a Divine Mercy Chaplet for the conversion of those involved with abortion.
  5. Pray in front of an abortion facility near you.
    1. Take material with you and offer it to women going into the places that offer counterfeit healthcare.
  6. Attend a local event commemorating the lives lost.
  7. Engage in social media fests
    1. Tweet/Retweet about the March or why you are pro-life (be aware of hashtags to use).
    2. Share some of your past March for Life experiences
    3. Post a pro-life quote or phrase on Facebook
    4. Share testimonies of those who once worked in the abortion industry or are post-abortive
  8. Volunteer your time at a crisis pregnancy center
  9. Host a screening of Unplanned or other pro-life theme movies and documents
  10. Write a letter to your elected official
    1. Be sure to remind them of the total number of Americans killed since 1973 as a result of Roe v Wade and how Planned Parenthood is targeting Hispanics and Blacks. Ask them why they continue to be silent.
    2. Share your concern over their record on supporting abortion on demand.

These are just the many things you can do to spread the message of life. Even when the march ends, we are called to March for Life every day, not just every January 22nd. Continue making a difference today and every day in the defense of life.

 

Additional Events Hosted by Priests for Life in DC and West Coast

The following is from an email blast sent out by Fr. Frank Pavone. Accommodate these events if you’re attending the March for Life or Walk of Life.

Here are the main events – for more details and exact event locations see www.PriestsForLife.org/MarchForLife.

Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 22: 7:00-8:00 pm: Pro-life Candle Light Prayer Vigil at the steps of the Supreme Court

Thursday, January 23: 9:00-11:00 am: Prayerful protest at Planned Parenthood killing center

Friday, January 24: 8:30-10:30 am: National Prayer Service at DAR Constitution Hall

Friday, January 24: 2:30 pm (approx.): Once the marchers begin to reach the Supreme Court, Silent No More Awareness Campaign testimonies begin

Priests for Life will have our exhibit booth at the March for Life Exhibit Hall at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel on Thursday, January 23. We will be booth numbers 118, 120 and 122.

 

San Francisco: Saturday, January 25

8:00-9:30 am: Prayerful protest at Planned Parenthood killing center

8:30-9:30 am: Fr. Frank on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral greeting people before the 9:30 am Mass

10:45 am-12:15 pm: Silent No More Awareness Campaign testimonies

12:30 – 1:30 pm- Walk for Life Rally. Fr. Frank Pavone will deliver a keynote address during the rally regarding the political responsibility of the pro-life movement.

Once again this year Priests for Life is offering pro-life products free of charge for buses traveling to the March for Life in DC. Our 2020 bus kit includes two videos we’ve made especially for the buses – one for the ride to DC and one for the ride going back. The kit also includes prayer cards and books. The bus kit can be requested by the bus captain or a designated representative at www.PriestsForLife.org/BusKit. Please place your order no later than January 10.

A Pro-Life To-Do List

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For the past few years, I took time on my Facebook page to reveal some of the things I hope to accomplish or do in a given new year. It can be challenging, but at the same time, it can help you to do new or accomplish things that you’ve always wanted to cross off.

As a pro-lifer, you may be on the same boat as I am. You may be asking yourself what you can do in the New Year to be a better pro-lifer or go into the unknown. To help you get a jump start on your pro-life to-do list, I came up with 10 things you can do as a pro-lifer.

  1. Host a screening of a pro-life themed movie. Unplanned took the world by storm and there is no question that many groups want to show movies like the world phenom of 2019. Cinema is a powerful medium to convey the message of life.
  2. Take part in a 40 Days for Life campaign (February 26th thru April 5th, 2020 and again the fall from September 23rd to November 1st). Be on the lookout once registration for vigil hours become available.
  3. Have a mass or Holy Hour offered for an end to the scourge of abortion or the conversion of those involved with the diabolical industry.
  4. Brush up on apologetics. It may be one thing to think you know it all. It’s another if you educate on what to say to those who may not know the issue at hand. Some people to learn from are Stephanie Gray and Trent Horn. Using their experience, they share the dos and don’ts in conveying the pro-life message to an individual or group.
  5. Volunteer at a pregnancy resource or crisis center. Many of them are not too far from a Planned Parenthood facility. these facilities need additional help with tasks like answering calls, taking inventory, and even being a support to vulnerable women. Side note: consider helping one raise funds for an ultrasound machine.
  6. Take part in prayer vigils. Yes, this may be scary, but we have been reminded 365 times in the Bible to not be afraid. If you can muster the courage every day to be present, your reward will be heaven. Don’t know what to say or do? Here’s a blog post for that. Here’s a post on prayers to recite in front of the facilities.
  7. Donate or raise funds for pro-life organizations. A previous blog post breaks down different groups that may help you decide who you can send your donation. If you want to go towards a fundraiser route, you might want to consider having a quizzo night, have someone teach ballroom dancing, or arts and craft and sell them with proceeds going to a pro-life organization of your choosing.
  8. Attend a rally. One of the most common events you can attend is the March for Life in DC, Chicago,  or West Coast area (San Francisco or L.A. areas). You may also want to consider attending one on the state level. (Pennsylvania will host their inaugural state march on May 18th, 2020.
  9. Attend a pro-life seminar near you or on a national scale. Dr. Monique Ruberu and Richara Krajewski will be speaking at the annual National Pro-Life Summit on January 25th in Washington, DC. Secure your spot today.
  10. Recruit more people to join the pro-life cause. Visit parishes, have displays on your campus, invite a pro-life speaker to your classroom, and learn more about how you can

2019 in Review: 20 Blog Countdown

Hard to believe that 2019 is drawing to a close. It still is a call for us to recall and reflect on the success and how we can be better in the new year.

Voices for Life wants to thank everyone who has shared our posts, read our content, and even engage with us. In honor of the New Year, the team has decided to put together the top 20 blogs of 2019. Each one will include a clickable word that will take you to the original post.

No. 20: Spiritual Battle

In March, I wrote a blog about why engaging in prayer is essential in the constant spiritual battle against abortion.

No. 19: Democratic Party Support of Abortion on all stages

A faithful couple from Warminster, PA issue a concern on their neighbors who support the Democratic Party. Who knew that it would come ahead of the race for the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States.

No. 18: Kentucky Abortion Law Stands

After a very challenging and uphill battle, Kentucky’s ultrasound law that was passed by the state was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

No. 17: Huh?

Anita Flynn shared about how ill-informed Presidential Candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as she was watching a late-night show with the candidate as the special guest.

No. 16: Gravestones for Aborted Children

Aleteia wrote about the efforts of the Knights of Columbus as they help memorialize the victims of abortions.

No. 15: 30th Birthday Reflection

I celebrated my 30th birthday this month which comes at the pinnacle of everyone’s Christmas preparations. I reflected on my 30 years of living and how a 1/3 of my peers never had the chance to live like I have.

No. 14: Praying Outside of Planned Parenthood… In Nashville

During my travels to the music city, I learned about a Planned Parenthood facility that I figured I take part in with other people in hopes of saving a life. I shared what I saw.

No. 13: New Faces Cut Teeth in Saving Babies

During one of her email reflections, Dr. Monique Ruberu shared how some first-timers took part in the 40 Days for Life campaigns in Philadelphia.

No. 12: Creativity in Defending Life

A post by Regnum Christi sparked my interest and thought that it needed to be shared. Learn how you can be pro-life.

No. 11: Eleven Cases of Dangerous 3rd Term abortions

Operation Rescue shared how late-term abortions can be dangerous through the investigations on eleven different occasions

The top ten were selected to share and issue a call as to why we must defend life. It also shares some of the news that has happened on a local, state, and even national level. Some headliners of 2019 were reserved for the top 10.

No. 10: Room in the Inn

I wrote a reflection about having room in the inn for single and unwed mothers who are pregnant. Not just during the Christmas season, but 365 days a year.

No. 9: Angels Have Red Hair

In sharing from the late Joseph Wall, Pat Dowling shared his amazing writing that was published through the American Life League in Fall/Winter 1996.

No. 8: Inaugural Year for The Gianna Center of Philadelphia

The Gianna Center of Philadelphia will round out the next two spots. First up, their year in review

No. 7: The Gianna Center Gala

In celebration of its establishment and hopes of continuing its operation, the center held its inaugural gala. They honored organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus and Missionaries of Charity for their extraordinary work.

No. 6: Chick Fil A and Hallmark

The two franchises do ring a bell with every average person. Sure, you hear about women guilty pleasure of Hallmark movies while a fast-food chain closes on Sunday. Sadly, they have been on the news for disturbing reasons. Chick Fil A caved yet they have a super deep connection to the abortion industry. Meanwhile, Hallmark recently became open to the idea of sodomy romance.

No. 5: Teacher’s Adoption Story

Terry Noble shared an article about how a teacher stepped in to adopt a child with down syndrome following the death of her student’s mother.

No. 4: Students for Life Honor Bishop Shanahan

Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, PA area was recognized as the pro-life club of the year by Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America. This took place during the annual National Conference in DC. Read more here

No. 3: Diamond and Silk

In October, Diamond and Silk, conservative black women duo on social media, headlined the annual Pro-Life Federation Dinner in Harrisburg. Here’s the full message.

No. 2: The 38th Annual Stand Up for Life Dinner

At the annual dinner, 1200 prolifers had the opportunity to hear a powerful message of love and mercy from Rachel Guy while learning about Dr. Monique Ruberu’s mind-blowing conversion story. It even placed the spotlight on pioneers, brave witnesses, and a rising star in the movement on her college campus. Read more here.

No. 1: Brian Sims

State Rep. Brian Sims has been on the news lately. This time it’s for all the wrong reasons. During the springtime, Sims live-streamed himself harassing pro-lifers outside of a Planned Parenthood that is located in the heart of Philadelphia. In the first incident, there was an elderly woman praying. Sims insisted that he continue to verbally harass her to the point that he got closer to her. In a separate incident during Holy Week, Sims was at it again. Only this time, he offered a $100 to anyone watching the video to give him the names of the teenage girls who were praying at Planned Parenthood while verbally race-baiting them. This was done in front of two of the teens’ mother. The father responded

Nearly a week and a half following the surfacing of the videos on social media, a thousand pro-lifers from near and far rallied outside of the Planned Parenthood where it all took place.

Honorable mentions:

COL 1972

Earlier this year, a family from West Chester launched a clothing line to counter the status quo of the fashion industry who continue to support Planned Parenthood. Since their launch, they have made appearances and even took time to answer some questions about their business and their background.

Life Dress

Angelique Clark came up with an amazing idea to make dressing up lifeworthy. She had an opportunity to share her passion for life and fashion.

Christopher West

Pope Francis bestowed a papal honor to Christopher West of the Theology of the Body Institute for his extraordinary work. In the fall he spoke to people during the True Freedom Conference.

Unplanned

Abby Johnson’s book became a movie with the same name It shares how she walked away fro Planned Parenthood after eight years. In the spring, it debuted in the top ten and maintained its position there for two weeks. Oer the summer it became a best seller in pre-order

 

 

 

Attend the March for Life Youth Rally

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The following is from the March for Life Foundation regarding the upcoming Youth Rally that will be held on Thursday, January 23rd. The information is below.

The March for Life Youth Rally is an exciting event held on Thursday, January 23rd from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., the day before the March for Life. This free event brings together dynamic speakers to inspire and equip young marchers for the cause of life.

Speakers for the 2020 Youth Rally include Abby Johnson, Allie Stuckey, Christina Marie Bennet, Bryan Kemper, Angelica Park, and musical performances by Phil King and The Restless.

We are also excited to make a breaking, very special announcement that Charlotte Pence, author, and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, will be joining us for the March for Life Youth Rally where she will give remarks to the participants!

The Youth Rally is geared towards middle and high school students. It’s free to attend, but groups must register.

Additionally, before or after attending the Youth Rally, you can visit the March for Life Expo Hall, which hosts 85+ pro-life organizations. This is a great opportunity to get connected with pro-life organizations and ministries from around the country!

Make the most of your trip to Washington, D.C. by attending the March for Life Expo and Youth Rally!

Blogger’s Note: For more information, please see a previous blogpost regarding events before, during, and after the March for Life.

Also, consider helping local high students with efforts to attend events surrounding the March for Life. No donation is too big or too small.

Help Students from Archdiocesan High Schools Attend National Conference and March for Life

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Eighty high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be attending the annual March for Life on Jan. 24, 2020 and the annual conference of Students for Life the following day, thanks to the national organization’s $6,000 grant to the archdiocesan Office for Life and Family.

Students for Life aims to educate teenagers and young adults on “the violence of abortion, create new pro-lifers and transform campuses into places that support pregnant and parenting students,” according to its website.

Now a crowd funding effort by the archdiocesan office seeks to raise an additional $15,000 to send up to 200 more students for the events.

Visit the website GiveSendGo and help raise awareness of the sanctity of human life among young people by making a donation here.

March for Life Pilgrimage with Students for Life President

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The following is from the Facebook status of Students for Life President Kristan Mercer Hawkins.

Are you thinking of coming to the March for Life and National Pro-Life Summit but worried about logistics? Have no fear! Sign up to join the Students for Life Supporter Pilgrimage to the March, and our travel company will do all of the work for you! Use promo code: Life_2020 for $300 off right now!

More info here

March for Life Weekend To-Do List

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Do you have plans or thinking about making a long weekend in Washington, DC during the March for Life (Friday, January 24th)?

Believe it or not, there are pro-life events happening before and after the March for Life that you should consider attending. Here are just a few of the happenings before and after the march.

Thursday, January 24th

Bryan Kemper and other pro-lifers will be leading a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood’s Carol Whitehill Moses Center (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002).

March for Life Vigil Mass

You are invited to join the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the 2020 Opening Prayer Vigil for Life on Thursday, January 23. Mass will begin at 5:30 PM in the Great Upper Church.

The Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS, and Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the main celebrant and homilist. Mass will be broadcast live on EWTN as well as the National Shrine’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

March for Life Conference

The March for Life Conference is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education on the yearly theme. The speakers and training sessions will provide information and training tools for marchers to go back to their communities equipped to make a difference for life. Register here

Schedule:

9:00 a.m. Keynote Address – TBA

10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – TBA

11:00 a.m. Capitol Hill 101 – a session designed to equip marchers to meet with their Members of Congress during their March for Life trip to advocate for the sanctity of life.

Storkball 2020

You may have noticed a previous blog post regarding a banquet hosted by Save the Storks, a pro-life organization based in Colorado Springs. Learn about their event taking place the night before the march here.

Friday, January 24th

Closing Mass

In addition, on Friday, January 24th, The National Shrine will conclude the National Prayer Vigil for Life with Holy Mass in the Great Upper Church at 7:30 AM.

For a full schedule, visit here

March for Life Expo

Friday, January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (This event is also taking place on January 22nd from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. and 23rd from 9AM to 8PM.)

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From the March for Life’s website:

Schedule

January 24, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Musical opening
12:00 p.m. Rally Program
1:00 p.m. March up Constitution Avenue to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
3:00 p.m. After finishing marching:

  • Silent No More testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Advocate for life to your Representative or Senators.
  • Visit the March for Life Expo.

Location

The March for Life Rally will take place at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall, in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm.

Travel Info

Please use the Metro to arrive at the rally site. Recommend locations: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Metro Center. For metro info: https://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/.(Check out our March for Life map — you can print off paper copies OR download the March for Life app.)

Have your metro card easily accessible, before you enter the station. Metro Stations are crowded during rush hour, and even more crowded on the March for Life, during rush hour. Keep in mind that in the Washington Metro system, you need to tap in and tap out of their fare gates. One way to alleviate long lines, and avoid the frustration of fellow metro riders is to have your metro card ready, in your hand, before you enter the line for the fare gate. Also, you do not need to wait for the gates to close after the person in front of you walks through, just ensure you tap your card to the SmarTrip target and proceed through the gate.

Important Notes

  • While walking and riding the metro in D.C., please be respectful of residents and commuters. Let’s show the nation’s capital how passionate and polite and respectful pro-lifers really are!
  • Do not leave trash or signs on the grounds of the National Mall, Supreme Court, or Capitol.
  • This is our nation’s capital and we should treat it with dignity and respect. If trash bins are full, please carry your trash or sign with you until you find an available trash bin.
  • Do not engage with counter-protesters. If they try to engage you, ignore them as best you can. However, if you are comfortable doing, so use your phone to video the situation. This is for your protection.
  • Once again, please be respectful of all people and stay focused on the cause of promoting and celebrating life, lovingly and graciously.

38th Annual Rose Dinner

The Rose Dinner is an evening of inspiration and fellowship to conclude the March for Life activities.

This year’s speakers are Sister Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life and Dr. William Hogan.

Sister Bethany Madonna (Keynote Speaker)

Sister Bethany Madonna entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. While attending the University of Central Florida, she had a profound encounter with the Lord, which drew her heart toward the vulnerable unborn and their mothers. After her graduation in 2006, she worked for the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Orlando before joining her religious community. She made her final vows in 2015 and currently lives at the community’s Motherhouse, serving as the Vocation Director. She loves sharing the message of life and love.

Dr. William Hogan (Guest of Honor)

Dr. Bill Hogan began his medical career as an OBGYN in the 1960s, placing the loving care for expectant mothers and babies at the heart of everything he did, both inside and out of his practice. From serving women with crisis pregnancies in his medical practice to defending the Human Life Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Hogan has fully exemplified the spirit of the pro-life movement. For this reason, the March for Life is honored to present Dr. William Hogan with the inaugural Pro-Life Legacy Award.

Learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. Bill Hogan.

Note: Tickets for the Rose Dinner are sold out and registration is closed.

Please reach out to Mary Lembke at marylembke@marchforlife.org to inquire about sponsorships or to be added to the waiting list. A small number of tickets may be available in January.

January 25th

There are several pro-life events happening around DC, including two conferences in downtown DC and at Georgetown University.

Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood Carol Whitehill Moses Center

Pro-lifers are welcome to pray outside of Planned Parenthood and offer life-saving alternatives.  (1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) From 8AM-12PM. There will be a Jericho Walk around the perimeter of the building.

Students for Life of America Conference

This year’s theme is History Maker: Casting a Vision for a Post-Roe America.

The Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, handed down by our Supreme Court on January 22, 1973, have shaped our nation for the last 46 years. We are drawing a line in the sand to say, “no more!”

Pro-lifers are poised on the edge of a pro-life wave that has brought us two decades of advancement in pro-life legislation, the most pro-life Presidential administration in history, more pro-life judges being appointed across the nation and to the Supreme Court, and public opinion shifting ever more to rejecting abortion. Now, we must prepare for that wave to come crashing down on the Supreme Court decision that started it all.

If we really want to see Roe reversed and if we really want to see abortion become unthinkable, then now is the time to prepare for a post-Roe nation.

Register for the conference here

Click here to learn about this year’s lineup for speakers.

Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life

Mission

The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life strives to promote intellectually rigorous discourse on the dignity of human life. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the Conference is named in the honor of His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Archbishop of New York and a Georgetown University alumnus, who principally committed himself to care for the defenseless and eloquently advancing the pro-life argument. We aim to encourage discussion among men and women of all faiths and backgrounds, including students, professionals, academics, and clergy. Attendees will leave the Conference equipped with the arguments and information necessary to better promote a consistent ethic of life in their own communities.

History

Traditionally held on the day before or after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Conference was founded by Georgetown University undergraduate students in January 2000 and later named in honor of John Cardinal O’Connor. Cardinal O’Connor was renowned as a champion of the unborn and the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life seeks to continue his mission. Each year, our attendees have the opportunity to hear from the nation’s leading advocates in the pro-life movement, participate in small group discussions, meet other collegiate leaders, and experience the momentum that the movement brings to our nation’s capital each year during the March for Life.

Originally created for college and high school students, the Conference now attracts students, academics, clergy, and activists from around the country to reflect on a variety of pro-life topics. The Conference has grown to be the largest collegiate pro-life conference in the United States and to host many prominent pro-life speakers, including Helen Alvaré, Dr. Robert George, Margaret Colin, Dr. Michael Pakaluk, Deirdre McQuade, Archbishop Burke, Cardinal O’Malley, Dr. Charles Camosy, Ross Douthat, Jennifer O’Neill, Mother Agnes of the Sisters for Life, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Serrin Foster, Rep. Chris Smith, Dr. Wanda Franz, Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Dr. Alveda C. King, Rep. Henry Hyde, Richard Doerflinger, Jeanne Mancini, George Weigel, and Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

To register, visit the site here.

Also, click here to learn about the myriad of speakers lined up for the conference.

More events will become available at another time. Start making your plans, network with fellow pro-lifers, and stand for life.

National Pro-Life Organization Honors Local High School in Greater Philadelphia High School

The following is an article published by CatholicPhilly.com, written by Lou Baldwin.

Many good things happened in Washington, D.C., surrounding the Jan. 18 March for Life, although mainstream media focused on an incident where a group of kids from Covington, Kentucky were thrown under the bus.

A local positive example happened the next day when the students from Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown accepted the National High School of the Year award from Students for Life of America (SFLA). That’s quite an honor considering SFLA has more than 1,200 high school and college chapters nationwide.

Along with the award the Shanahan SFLA group received $1,000 to assist it in its mission.

“This is an amazing group and they are working really hard to impact the culture of their school,” said Liana Hollendonner, the Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator for SFLA. “They are positive and articulate.”

Probably no one knows that better than Joe Aquilante, a theology teacher at Shanahan for 21 years and moderator of the school’s pro-life group for the past 18 years. At this time there are about 160 students in the SFLA Chapter.

“My job is to take the gifts of the kids and help them to develop them,” he said. “The leadership of this year has been fostered by past leaders. Students for Life has energized youth in a way nothing else has. The younger generation is getting involved, fighting for life.”

Mary Taylor, a senior and president of SFLA at Shanahan, is only in her second year at the school.

“I’ve always been pro-life,” she said, adding at her previous public high school she was in the minority but that is not the case at Shanahan. “I was raised Catholic and know killing anyone is wrong,” she said.

(Below, Bishop Shanahan High School’s Pro-Life Club gives an enthusiastic witness to the sanctity of human life at the March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C.) 

Over the years she has heard about girls getting an abortion but never really personally knew one who did.

Mary personally believes it is her generation that will end abortion or at least overturn Roe v. Wade as national law and return it to the states, and the more permissive laws passed in New York and proposed elsewhere are a sign others believe this too.

The strength of the pro-life movement at Shanahan was really exhibited during the March for Life.

“We had three buses that went,” Mary said. “We probably could have had a fourth. I was really surprised by the number of people who wanted to go.”

During their time in Washington, “we didn’t have any problems at all,” she said. “I feel awful about what happened to the kids (from Covington) and it was really unfair. I saw one boy on television, and he was so respectful.”

Michael Prieto, also a senior is vice president of SFLA at Shanahan and has been a member since his freshman year.

“I’ve always felt a call to protect those who can’t protect themselves,” he said. “The Pro-Life Club is a great way to do this. The pro-life movement is definitely huge in our school. I think most of the kids understand what we are trying to do.”

Even outside of the school Michael has not experienced much opposition, other than counter-protestors at times when members give witness outside abortion clinics.

“But I was very surprised when we were chosen as National High School of the Year,” Michael said. “It shows people are recognizing what we are doing here.”

At this time all of the archdiocesan high schools have SFLA groups. Others that sent delegates to the meeting in Maryland include John W. Hallahan, West Catholic Prep, St. Hubert and Cardinal O’Hara.