Sixteen Marist High School students and three teachers represented the school’s pro-life club at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 18.
March for Life is a peaceful demonstration that has taken place annually since 1973, and is the largest pro-life event in the world. Marist students have been participating in the march for more than twelve years.
Siblings Rosemary ’19, Katherine ’21, and John ’22 Enright made the trip together. Rosemary explained she waited patiently for four years to go since their parents wanted them to attend the march together. The pro-life movement is important to the Enright family. Rosemary said her grandmother started a crisis center for women, and Rosemary, her mom, and siblings have volunteered there.
“The march exceeded my expectations,” the eldest Enright explained. “It was immense and it was an opportunity to march for something I believe in.” She also found it profound that many people had traveled to the march from other countries. “I couldn’t believe they came here to march for us.”
During the weekend the Marist students attended mass and an apologetics speaker with students from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Apologists defend religious doctrine through systematic arguments. They prayed outside a Planned Parenthood center with other school groups. They also visited places that echoed the theme of life, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Botanic Garden, and Arlington National Cemetery. The students prayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and visited several monuments and the White House.
Science teacher Chris Lesher moderates the school’s pro-life club and runs the trip. “I enjoy bringing Marist students to the March for Life because I want them to see that they are a part of a much larger community that supports protecting life from the moment of conception to natural death,” he explained. “I also want them to see that many who are active in and passionate about this movement are their age.”