|A message in honor of dignity and life.|
Jacksonville, FL. March 13, 2010. Guided by their team leader
Tom Truss, an 8th grade Conquest team recently launched
a pro-life message that will be seen by thousands of
people driving on I-95 north through Jacksonville, Florida.
a huge pro-life billboard launched in teamwork with St Joseph’s
parish in Jacksonville. The club had the full support of
their pastor, Fr Dan Cody, who let the boys use
parish reseources for the project. Fr Cody even made the
final donation that helped them meet their goal.
The billboard was
one of the proposed apostolic activities in the Conquest Club
manual—as a “Big and Bold” activity, its purpose was to
teach the boys to think big and set their goals
high. At first, the boys almost thought it would be
impossible. But with the encouragement of their team leader and
club president, they began making the impossible possible.
"We encouraged the
boys to stay on course by making a large replica
billboard and displaying it at our meetings," said Tim McMillan,
club president. "It was inspiring to see these young guys
go from thinking this was too difficult for a group
of 8th graders to accomplish... to tackling it head-on. They
generously gave of themselves and did something wonderful for God
and for the pro-life cause."
They spent the entire winter fundraising
for the billboard with projects like selling firewood and peddling
pro-life bumper stickers after Mass. Finally, in early March, the
funds were ready and the project became a reality.
very rewarding and I felt proud that our team was
able to do something to promote the life of the
unborn," said TJ Jakubowski, and 8th grade club member.
giant sign will be up for a total of 6
weeks, and is located just before Exit 356 going northbound,
on the left side of the road just as the
Learn more about how Conquest helps boys grow in faith
and virtue at www.conquestclubs.com.