January 21, 2020 – Nearly 160 St. Paul students, faculty and staff will travel to Washington D.C. in the early morning this Thursday, January 23 to attend the March for Life. For several years, St. Paul Catholic High School students have participated in the Archdiocese of Hartford’s March for Life Pilgrimage, but this year St. Paul has seen a record number of student applicants. School organizers attribute the increase in participation to the positive experiences of past participants and their enthusiasm and desire to return each year, sparking interest among their peers. In order to participate in this pilgrimage, students had to submit a written essay explaining their desire to represent St. Paul Catholic High School during the March for Life.
When they arrive in Washington D.C. students will attend a Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception where the Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities will be the principal celebrant. The next morning the group will attend Mass at the hotel with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and will hear from Dr. Monique Ruberu, Ob/Gyn. Participants will then head to the Washington Mall listening to prominent pro-life speakers before marching to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Vigil Mass for Life at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (starting at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 23) and the speakers at the March for Life (starting at noon on Friday, January 24), will be available through live coverage at https://www.ewtn.com/prolife/ or through Facebook http://facebook.com/marchforlife/.
Here are a few photos from the 2019 Pilgrimage.