Forty-four Aquinas Catholic High School students Marched for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 24. This is the highest number of students that journeyed on the pilgrimage to stand up for the unborn. Fr. Michael Stec, Aquinas Religion teacher and Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Ulysses, has been a sponsor on this March for the last five years.
This is the largest group we have ever taken. It has steadily grown in attendance about ten students each year,” Fr. Stec remarked.
Many students who attended the March for Life, are part of other teams and missed games or meets to March for Life.
“Please express my appreciation for the coaches and teachers for encouraging these student/athletes to participate in the March for Life,” said Fr. Stec.
The 47th Annual March for Life made history when President Trump spoke, the first president to speak in person at the March for Life. The Aquinas Pilgrims were unable to see President Trump speak, but they heard him ask our Nation to raise our voices for all those affected by abortion.
With hundreds of thousands of marchers, Aquinas junior Ben Shonka remarked the impact of “… seeing so many people there, all for the same reason.”
The marching itself is a long one. It is over 2 miles, not counting walking to the March route. Fr. Stec gently reminded them,”Offer it up. Offer it up to the babies. Offer it up to the mothers.”
Aquinas freshmen, Jocelyn Stara, said her favorite part, “… was meeting all the amazing people.” There are pro-life advocates from all over the United States travel to Washington D.C. for this annual March for Life.
When Fr. Stec is asked the question, “What difference does one person make? One person in a group of over 400,000 people.”
His answer is simple, “It doesn’t make a political difference, but spiritually offering it up to God, He will use that sacrifice to help a mother or baby in need.”