Tens of thousands of people, including bus loads of Long Islanders, gathered in Washington, D.C., January 22 to witness for the cause of life and protection of unborn life on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The day started off with a rally for young people at the Verizon Center and and included the March past the U.S. Supreme Court and diocesan prayer gatherings at St. Joseph’s Church before the ride home. Click below for a slideshow of photos from this event. Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
For a reflection on the day from a first-time marcher, visit the diocesan Respect Life Website
College and high school students from the diocese were among the thousands gathered for a pro-life rally and Mass at the Verizon Center.
Father Nick Zientarski, dean of seminarians at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, processes with fellow priests at the beginning of Mass.
Father Joe Fitzgerald, center, director of vocations, and Father John McCarthy, right, chaplain of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, were among the priests concelebrating the Mass.
From right, Abby Leary, Maggie McNulty and her mother, Barbara, of the youth group ministry at St. Joseph Parish, Babylon, pray during Mass.
Senior Katie Helm of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, receives Communion at the Verizon Center.
Bishop William Murphy gathers with representatives from diocesan parishes on the National Mall before the march.
Joe Vazquez, left, of St. John Nepomucene Parish, Bohemia, and Pete and Susie Novak of St. Sylvester Parish, Medford, join fellow marchers in reciting the pledge of allegiance.
Bishop Murphy greets students and staff from Chaminade High School, Mineola.
Young people lead the march to the U.S. Supreme Court building.
Father Rob Ketcham, chaplain, and students from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip.
Participants from Long Island's East End.
Bob Scott and daughter Bernadette of St. Patrick Church, Southold.
From left, seminarians Walter Genito, Michael Hill, Matthew Browne,
Roger Velasquez, Anthony Marcella and Benjamin Volpe. Hill, Browne, Velasquez and Volpe are studying to be priests for the diocese. Genito and Marcella are affiliated with the Archdiocese of New York.
Marchers from St. Patrick and St. Rocco parishes, Glen Cove.
Willie Ferreira of Our Holy Redeemer Parish, Freeport, stands for life.
Father Anthony Stanganelli, pastor, and Deacon Darrell Buono, center with glasses, and parishioners of St. Brigid Church, Westbury.
Bishop Murphy gathers with students and staff of Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, at St. Joseph Church on Capitol Hill following the March.
Father Ryszard Ficek of St. William the Abbot Church and Deacon Paul Neuhedel of Maria Regina Church, center with red jacket, with members of their Seaford parishes and representatives from St. Rose of Lima Church, Massapequa.
Marchers from the campus ministries of Adelphi, Hofstra and Stony Brook, and the youth ministries of Blessed Sacrament Church, Valley Stream, St. Joseph Church, Babylon, St. Mary Church, East Islip, and St. Peter the Apostle Church, Islip
Father Joseph Scolaro with representatives from St. Joseph Parish, Garden City.
Auxiliary Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski greets members of diocesan groups at St. Joseph's following the march.
Marchers from St. Patrick Church, Bay Shore, attend a prayer service at St. Joseph's before heading home.
Bridget McCormack, campus minister at Hofstra, leads a prayer at St. Joseph's.
Steve Benner, youth minister at Holy Family Church, Hicksville, prays with marchers from his parish.
Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez blesses participants before their journey home.