|All four bus loads of people were able to attend the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center Youth Rally and Mass or the National Armory Youth Rally and Mass.|
Washington, D.C., February 2, 2011 -- About 220 students, chaperones,
teachers and priests from Michigan, including 18 students from Everest Collegiate High School in Clarkston, Michigan, attended the 2011
March for Life in Washington, D.C. last month.
“It was my
first time, and I had my own ideas about what
it would be like, but the actual March blew me
away!” said Everest freshman Megan Luttinen. “There were so many
young people, and it amazed me how much they cared
about the cause and how they were showing their beliefs.”
Years and Now Four Busloads
Carrying between 54-56 passengers each, four
buses left metro-Detroit to participate in the Jan. 24, 2011
march in our nation’s capital. Called “Champions for Life,” the
group has been participating in this event for five years.
Several Catholic schools students from the Detroit-metro area were represented
besides Everest, including Brother Rice High School, Divine Child High
School, Notre Dame Prep, St. Thomas More Academy, St. Damien
Parish of Westland, Marian High School, De LaSalle High School,
Orchard Lake St. Mary´s Prep, as well as homeschooled students,
students from Clarkston Public High School and parishioners from St.
Daniel´s parish in Clarkston.
Elizabeth and Mary Allard, freshman from Notre
Dame Prep attended for the first time. “When we saw
the hundreds of thousands of people from across the world
taking a stand for life, we realized that we are
part of something much bigger than ourselves.”
Their parents, David and
Ann Marie Allard, helped organize the busload of students attending
from Notre Dame Prep. “Watching energetic young people come together
to fight for one cause gives us lots of hope
that we can change a culture of death into a
culture of life,” they said.
|Four buses left metro-Detroit to participate in the Jan. 24, 2011 march in our nation’s capital.|
Archdiocese Support for the Cause
buses from the group left early Saturday morning, Jan. 22,
2011, and the other two late Saturday night after the
“Life is a Gift” Conference held at Sacred Heart Major
Seminary in Detroit. The conference was sponsored by the Archdiocese
of Detroit, and two buses were blessed by Archbishop Allen
“The Archdiocese of Detroit is firmly supporting us, and
Archbishop Vigneron´s leadership in promoting the Culture of Life and
giving us the ‘Life is a Gift’ conference made this
year´s March for Life pilgrimage very memorable,” said one of
the Champions for Life organizers Kim DiSalle.
all four bus loads of people were able to attend
the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.´s Verizon Center Youth Rally and
Mass or the National Armory Youth Rally and Mass.
especially remembers one significant moment from the Youth Rally.
sent a personal letter from the Vatican to support and
encourage us,” she said. “The papal emissary who read it
was given the biggest round of applause in gratitude to
our Holy Father.”
About half of the Champions for Life attendees
stayed overnight with host parish families from Jesus Divine Word
church in Huntingtown, Maryland. The group that left Saturday night
stayed at the Catholic University of America near the Basilica
of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Civil Rights for the Unborn
All those attending got to visit
museums such as the Holocaust Memorial and American History Museum.
Some made additional pilgrimages to the Holy Land Franciscan Monastery
next to the CUA campus, and the bus with Everest
students visited Harper´s Ferry National Park.
“We learned about the
early American Catholic Church´s role in helping slaves before, during
and after the Civil War and established the first college
for African Americans in Harper´s Ferry,” said DiSalle. “I was
very excited for the students to see the correlation between
|Kimberly Suran, Regina Tubilla and Megan Luttinen at the March for Life.|
the civil rights issue of slaves during the Civil War,
and our present day civil and human rights issues regarding
abortion and other culture of death problems. The Catholic Church
has championed the most vulnerable and least of our society
during the course of human history and in our country.”
said the topic of civil rights for the unborn was
the focus of the homily by Fr. Mark Ivany at
the Verizon Center Youth Mass, as well as the welcome
statement at the March for Life Rally given by House
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.)
Also during the event, two busloads
from the Champions for Life prayed the rosary in front
of Planned Parenthood centers, and two busloads were present at
the Vigil Mass at the National Shrine and then participated
in a Praise and Worship Adoration service given by CUA
Some of the bus riders participated in host parish activities,
including a concert by Steve Angrisano, followed by a Praise
and Worship Adoration service at Jesus Divine Word parish.
able to gather 3 of our 4 bus loads for
a photo before the March for Life in the crowded
Mall area,” said DiSalle. “Fr. Guerra L.C., Tim Schuele and
daughter Lexi Schuele, president of the John Carroll University pro-life
club, were in the photo. These people were instrumental in
building up, supporting and promoting the Champions for Life in
our beginning, so having them with us in this photo
was very special.”