Students from 21 Lasallian schools nationwide took part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. January 25, which marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the supreme court decision that legalized abortion.
For the first time, delegations of Lasallian schools marched together in this annual event under the Lasallian Education Brand, behind the “Lasallians for Life” banner. The schools include: Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore, MD; Central Catholic High School, Pittsburgh, PA; Christian Brothers College High School, St. Louis, MO; La Salle Academy, Providence, RI; La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA; and St. Raymond High School for Boys, Bronx, NY. They were joined by other schools with Lasallian connections: St. Raymond Academy for Girls, Bronx, NY; St. Raymond Elementary School, Bronx, NY; Pope John Paul II High School, Boca Raton, FL; and Sacred Heart Elementary School, Bronx, NY.
Students recognized the significance of walking with other Lasallians. “I went to the March for Life because I felt that being there would make a difference by furthering the cause for pro-life and having our voice heard,” said Shepherd Warren, a junior at Calvert Hall. “For the first time, I was able to meet other students in the Lasallian network and talk with them about how their beliefs brought them to the March for Life. It was nice to see other Lasallian schools coming together for this cause.”
Tom Eichwald, religion teacher at Christian Brothers College High School, provided this reflection on the march.
Other Lasallian schools that participated in the March for Life include: Holy Family Catholic High School, Minneapolis, MN; La Salle High School, Cincinnati, OH; Roncalli Catholic High School, Omaha, NE; St. John’s College High School, Washington, D.C.; Bishop Kelley High School, Tulsa, OK; De La Salle Institute – Lourdes Hall Campus, Chicago, IL; De La Salle High School, New Orleans, LA; Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, NY; Archbishop Rummel High School, Metairie, LA; Montini Catholic High School, Lombard, IL; and Saint Patrick High School, Chicago, IL.
“As I walked down the streets of our Capitol with my fellow pro-life activists, the word ‘pilgrim’ really began to take shape in my head,” said Rummel senior Matthew Brennan. “We were on the streets as pilgrims to make a difference and to show our support for the pro-life movement.”
Some Lasallian schools that did not attend the D.C. event participated in other activities supporting the pro-life cause. Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN, displayed banners in its hallways to remind students to remember the unborn. Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA, participated in the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. “This is my fourth year attending the Walk for Life in SF, and the crowd never ceases to amaze me. Not only in its size, but the positive attitude everyone shares, the attitude to protect the unborn and make a difference,” said Justin-Siena junior Genny Say. “I’m so proud to be part of and stand as witness to the fundamental human right to life.”
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