Sunday, January 30, 2011

In Washington for the March for Life

Photo courtesy of Susan Langston

By Susan Langston

I had the privilege of chaperoning (along with four other chaperones) 28 students from the Academy of the Holy Names High School to participate in the 38th Annual March for Life Rally in Washington.

The students joined 200,000 others in praying for an end to abortion and a greater respect for life from conception to natural death.

In addition to the rally and March For Life, we visited exhibits in our hotel sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, we had the incredible experience of praying the rosary on the steps of the Supreme Court Building and then to tour the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum and Library.

On Sunday, we toured the Franciscan Monastery and Commissariat for the Holy Land in America and made our way to the March for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Incarnation.

On Monday, we met with one of Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young's legislative assistants, Jenifer Nawrocki. She spent about two hours with our girls discussing womens rights and current bills in session relating to abortion.

She definitely gave our girls a fresh view of what is need in our government and some have already expressed a different focus in college.

Later that afternoon, after the March For Life, we had a photo opportunity with Congressman Young on the steps of the Capitol with his professional photographer, chief of staff and several of his legislative assistants. It was quite impressive.

We then had to run to our hotel to catch our bus to get on our flight!

Susan Langston is a parishioner at St. Raphael Catholic Church.

• Read the Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida on the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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