March for Life 2020

In January of 1974, the first of the Annual March for Life walks on Washington DC began, to lobby Congressional leadership to find a legislative solution to the Supreme Court’s decision to make abortion legal – on demand – throughout the United States in the decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Soon after realizing congressional protection of the unborn was not on the horizon, the decision was made to hold a March for Life every year until Roe v. Wade is overturned. The theme for this 47th March for Life was “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”

The March for Life is an inspiring, peaceful. Vibrant, and joy-filled rally of women, men, young people, and children from all across the country. Every year, tens of thousands of pro-lifers converge on the National Mall and march on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling which legalized abortion in all 50 states. It’s the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world. But this is not just a protest… TOGETHER, WE GATHER TO CELEBRATE LIFE. We celebrate each and every life, from the moment of conception. We envision a world where every life is celebrated, valued, and protected.”

Every year, our friars join with the people they serve to March as representative of those who have no voice; honoring life from conception to natural death. This year our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. was able to join a few of our ministries’ groups present. There were many more in attendance along with the estimated 225,000 participants, so it was amazing he was able to find these in the crowds.

Fr. James marched among the nearly 600 students of The Catholic University of America (Washington DC) participated in the 2020 March for Life. All classes were canceled from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 to allow students to participate in the annual event. Included in this group were our friars serving at CUA in Campus Ministry, as well as our Student Friars who are in study there. {CUA Campus Ministry: Fr. Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv., Fr. Andrzej Brzezinski, OFM Conv., Fr. Louis Maximilian Smith, OFM Conv. and Fr. Albert Puliyadan, OFM Conv.}

Friar James caught up with the young men of our Archbishop Curley High School (Baltimore, MD). Bookending this photo are two of our five friars who serve the men of Curley – Br. Manny Wenke, OFM Conv. and Br. Nick Romeo, OFM Conv. Fr. Chris Dudek, OFM Conv. was taking the photo.

The friars, students, and faculty of St. Francis High School (Athol Springs, NY) were well represented. They were even joined by Fr. Rick Rokitka, OFM Conv., a former instructor and our province’s current Treasurer. He now also serves as Co-Director of our Post Novitiate Friary in Silver Spring, MD. The campus minister at SFHS led the group – Fr. Matthew Foley, OFM Conv. can be see here, just above and to the right of Friar James.

One of our postulants, Jonathan Garcia Zenteno is in studies at CUA. He joyfully joined with our groups to march.

Friar James also ran into newly elected Bishop of Syracuse – Most Reverend Douglas J. Lucia. Our province has eight friars serving in the Diocese of Syracuse (New York).

Many more ministries of our province were also represented there that day.

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