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Seven students from Bishop Dunne traveled on a 26 hour bus trip to attend the National March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 22nd.

Bishop Dunne Students Attend National March for Life

Seven Falcon students headed north last week to Washington D.C. to walk in the March for Life. The annual pro-life march, from the Capitol, down the National Mall, and on to the Supreme Court, attracts hundreds of thousands of supporters. This year’s event included an impressive line-up of speakers:
 
·         Rev. Joseph Kurtz, President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
·         Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, M.D.
·         Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
·         Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
·         Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
·         Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
·         Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
·         Kathleen Wilson of Mary’s Shelter
·         Julia Johnson, Senior at Shanley High School
·         Nancy Kreuzer, Silent No More
·         Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life
·         Rev. Sammy Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
 
The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration has occurred on this somber anniversary every year since, and is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.
 
Sophomore Julia Santos, President of the Respect for Life Club at Bishop Dunne, was joined by seniors Amanda Monsalve and Naomi Hayes, juniors America Molina and Krystal Garcia, and freshmen Lindy Litzenberg and Katie Picha.
 
Katie said of the trip, “Dr. Seuss is famous for saying, ‘A person is a person, no matter how small.’ I came on the trip to help stand up for a cause I care about strongly. We get the chance to speak for those who do not have voices. The trip is a also great experience to share with others and make new friends along the way.”
 
Her classmate Lindy agreed, saying, “The reason I went on the March for Life trip was so that I can speak up for those who have no voice yet. The fact that people think that slaughtering another innocent human being for their own self solace is horrifying – and I think not defending the innocent is even worse.”
 
The group travelled with the youth of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville, along with eight adult chaperones including Rachel Cromwell, coordinator of this trip for the last ten years, and Campus Minister Nicholas Brandt from Bishop Dunne. The 26-hour bus ride to the march took the group through about seven states and over the Appalachian Mountains to the city, where they stayed in a large house in Gaithersburg as guests of St. John Newman parish.
 
News agencies estimated some 700,000 people were in attendance from all parts of the nation, breaking the previous attendance record by more than 200,000. The day after the march students toured the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and various Smithsonian museums.
 

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school's website at: www.bdcs.org. For more information on the March for Life and other campus ministry events contact Nicholas Brandt at nbrandt@bdcs.org. 

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