Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., will carry the lead banner in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., next year, the college recently announced in a press release.
Here's more from the college:
"The news that Benedictine College will be leading the March For Life has been the hot topic on campus all semester,” said Kathryn Brown, March for Life coordinator for the Ravens Respect Life organization... “[W]e are proud to be taking the lead in front of over half a million pro-lifers who will be standing up for God's most precious gift to us.”
In addition to attending the march, Benedictine College staff and the Ravens Respect Life group usually organize an expanded program, complete with a Mass at St. Peter’s Church in Washington, D.C.; a Rosary in front of the Supreme Court building; a gathering and Mass with other groups from the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., attending the march; and a gathering in the Senate Building after the march arranged by Benedictine alumnus Terry Gainer, the U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms.
The trip to the march first started with Benedictine students who were interacting with the Kansans for Life organization. The school’s Knights of Columbus chapter took the lead and was a major promoter of the event. The first few years saw a handful of students go, but the numbers began to grow. In 1989, students at Benedictine College became so focused on right-to-life issues that they formed the Ravens Respect Life organization, using the name of the Benedictine College mascot.
Benedictine College has a 28-year history of traveling the more than 1,100 miles to attend the March for Life. The college sent several hundred students to attend the 2013 march this past January.
In an interview with Catholic Education Daily last year, Michael Green, the student coordinator of Benedictine's participation in the March for Life said, "This is an important mission for us. 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."
The date of next year's March for life, January 22, 2014, coincides with the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions, which decriminalized abortion in all three trimesters of pregnancy.
Benedictine College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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