Students from Routt Catholic High School made the March for Life pilgrimage to Washington D.C. The trip, organized by the Diocese of Springfield, is an important witness of faith and standing with other who want the government to hear the messages of hope for the unborn. The students in attendance were: Luke Bonjean, Harrison Chumley, Ally Clay, Nathan Dickman, Haley Haarmann, Riley Johnson, Jayden Lahey, Jared Mogg, Nash Powell and Madison Robinson. Students were accompanied by Beth Shade and Fr. Rafal Pyrchla.
The group departed Wednesday, January 17, at 3 P.M on a charter bus heading out on their 800-mile excursion. The students slept all night on the bus and spent Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery and the evening attending the Life Is Very Good prayer event at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. The event included music by the Christian rock group, Hawk Nelson and was inspired by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, who is an author and gifted public speaker.
On Friday, the students attended Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill (in Washington, DC) then headed to the Capitol Building to meet Congressmen Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis. The March for Life Rally was the next stop, where they heard several speakers, including current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump, who addressed the crowd via satellite. Once the rally was over, the group marched on Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building with an estimated 300,000 other pro-Life supporters from around the nation. Friday evening was spent taking a night tour of the well-known memorials in Washington, DC.
The last day of the pilgrimage was spent at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. After leaving downtown DC, students went to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for Mass. They returned to Jacksonville around noon on Sunday, having made new friends and hoping to have made a difference.