For the fourth time in its 34-year history, Christendom College has been selected to lead the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., carrying the main March for Life banner and flags.
"This is a great honor for us," Admissions Director Tom McFadden told The Cardinal Newman Society.
As reported here last week
, Christendom's entire student body will be attending the March for Life along with faculty and administration.
McFadden says that the college is thankful to Miss Nellie Gray and to the entire March for Life organization for selecting them to lead the hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers down the streets of D.C. on January 23.
Although Christendom students led the March for Life in 1984, 1998, and 2009, as well, this is the first time for junior Sara Federico, who often prays at an abortion clinic on Saturday mornings with the student run Shield of Roses pro-life club at Christendom. "We're very excited to lead," she told The Cardinal Newman Society. "The last time Christendom did this was the year before my freshman year so to have other people recognize our involvement in pro-life movement is exciting."
Federico said this yearly event helps her realize how special Christendom is. "I have friends in other Catholic schools and sad to hear about all the problems at these other schools," she said. "Christendom is pretty unique. We don’t have all this drama. We’re a lot more unified. I truly believe people at Christendom really have a shot at changing the world."
Chris Tipton, a senior, who plans on attending a seminary after graduating, said he's been marching in the March for Life for so many years he considers himself a veteran, but that doesn't stop him from being excited about it. "It's a great chance to meet up with other Catholics," he said. "It's a great chance to stand up for the dignity of human life."
Tipton said he hopes that Christendom College leading the March serves as an example to other Catholic colleges. "It's a wonderful way of sending a message to inspire other Catholic colleges," he said. "I hope it reminds them to take a look at their Catholic roots and take a stand."
The college has attended the March for Life as a community every year since the school was founded over 30 years ago.
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