Click photo at bottom of page to see a slideshow from the day. Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
Although the cold and snow forced some from the diocese to cancel their plans to participate in the 41st Annual March for Life in Washington D.C., January 22, thousands still participated in the day’s events. Young people took part in a Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Stadium Armory in Washington in the morning before the main rally on the Mall. Among the groups represented were students involved in campus ministry at Adelphi, Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities; students from Bishop Kellenberg Memorial High School and Holy Trinity and St. John the Baptist Diocesan High Schools. Many priests and parishioners from the diocese trekked down to Washington on their own or in groups, including the youth group from St. Mary’s, East Islip, who shared some of their thoughts on the day:
“There is nothing more important in life then fighting for what you believe in. To me and many other people the gift of life is extremely precious from conception to natural death. Today I walked for those who could not, and heard testimony in our nation’s capital. This was truly inspiring and humbling to stand witness to this testimony,” said youth group member Matt Clareen.
“This trip inspired me to stand up for what I believe in and it was a fun experience with my friends.” – Kayla Altman
“It was very very cold but definitely worth the experience. I would definitely go again. Every baby deserves to be born. How do we know that one of those babies could have found the cure for cancer?” – Kevin McNulty
“Religion and beliefs are the strongest things in life. It was a wonderful experience. Although cold it was worth it!” – Gage Adler
“The March for Life- it’s the time you take out of your life to support the ones that are not being treated right. The right to life of a baby begins once a mother is pregnant. “- Crystal Carroll-Visciani
Youth minister Gina O’Connor added: “Adoration and mass were powerful experiences. Seeing all the teens moved by prayer and song was so emotional!”
Youth minister Theresa Roach said: “I’m so proud of our teens and all the youth that braved the bitter cold and 9 1/2 hour trip! The joy and excitement grew as we listened to the inspiring and energy filled concert with Matt Maher followed by adoration and witness sharing about our youth being the hope for the future and carriers of the message of life to our culture of death. There is something so powerful about being connected to thousands of people singing, praying, receiving Jesus, marching, and being apart of something that is making a difference by being in solidarity with the truth!”
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