25 Jan 2010

Four CHS Students Attend March for Life in Washington D.C.

Four Catholic High students participated in the Pilgrimage to the March for Life held in Washington D.C. on January 22, 2010. 

Seniors Taylor Sanford, Bret Jackson, Phillip Gordy and Junior Stephen Arceneaux joined 200 students from the Diocese of Baton Rouge on a week-long spiritual experience that raised awareness of the culture of life and the passion for life issues. 

Students attended Mass each day and had the opportunity to visit religious shrines and historic buildings including the Shrine of St. Katherine Drexel, the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Holocaust Museum, the Arlington Cemetery, the Cathedral of St. Matthew, the National Basilica and finally the steps of the Supreme Court. 

On the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on January 22, the students joined more that 250,000 people for a three-hour march to the steps of the Supreme Court to show how the majority of the younger generation has a passion for life issues and respect for life. 

íÍThis was not just about standing up for pro-life issues but also for respecting everyone as uniquely human on a daily basis,íñ commented Taylor Sanford.  

íÍI have a firmer stand on life and a greater appreciation for my own life as a result of this experience,íñ added Bret Jackson. 

As a result of the trip, Phillip Gordy saw so much hope in the Church.  íÍYou see all these young people celebrating Mass together, praying together and committing to pro life issues,íñ reflected Gordy. 

The four students all agreed that they hope more CHS students will attend the rally next year.
íÍThe trip strengthened my Catholic faith and opened new doors for me.  I gained a new respect for all life and the teachings of the Church concerning life,íñ commented Stephen Arceneaux.