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Benedictine College Sends Largest Group the Furthest Distance to March for Life

Seven full buses, carrying 381 people, rolled out from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kan., at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, for a 30-hour bus ride to the Washington, D.C. March for Life. The College has been participating in the March for 28 years.

Students at Benedictine College gather Jan. 23 to board the buses for the March for Life.

Students at Benedictine College gather Jan. 23 to board the buses for the March for Life.

Among those on the bus is St. Benedict’s Abbey’s new Abbot, Abbot James Albers, OSB. A graduate of Benedictine, Albers helped organize the trip to the March for Life in 1992 while he was a student.

“I organized the trip my sophomore year; we usually went with Kansans for Life,” said Abbot Albers, who graduated from Benedictine College in 1994 with degrees in theology and mass communications.  “Back then, 15 to 20 students going was a good number.”

Nearly one in every five students at the college is participating in the trip.

“This is an important mission for us,” said Michael Green, this year’s March for Life Coordinator for Ravens Respect Life, a Benedictine student group.  “We don’t go just because it’s some fun trip with our friends. We go to show the leaders of our country what we stand for; that is, the dignity of all people from conception to natural death.”

Seven buses carrying 381 people depart from Benedictine College on their way to the March for Life.

Seven buses carrying 381 people depart from Benedictine College on their way to the March for Life.

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