Seminarians March in Prayer and Peaceful Protest

Bri Campbell Uncategorized

Fr. Matthew Kauth, who was born in the year of the Roe v. Wade decision, noted, “I could have been one of the first to fall prey to a law giving a nation the ‘right’ to infanticide. My father and mother gave me life in accordance with God’s plan.”

On Friday, St. Joseph College seminarians and formators joined Bishop Jugis and hundreds of Pro-Life pilgrims from our diocese at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This annual event is an occasion to pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to promote respect for all life.

The seminarians served at a Right to Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception offered by Bishop Jugis, Bishop Luis Zarama and priests from their respective dioceses with thousands of faithful. After a rally on the National Mall, they joined hundreds of thousands in marching up Constitution Avenue, walking and praying to end abortion and what Pope St. John Paul II termed ‘the conspiracy against life.’ They concluded the march by praying the rosary with Bishop Jugis outside the Supreme Court.

The Rector of St Joseph College Seminary, Fr. Matthew Kauth, was born in the year of the Roe v. Wade decision. He noted that, “For 25 years or more I have been attending this March. I could have been one of the first to fall prey to a law giving a nation the ‘right’ to infanticide. My father and mother gave me life in accordance with God’s plan. I come each year to march and pray for those who are the silent victims. God will hear them, and He will hear us.” Fr. Kauth also explained, “The bishop attends every year, weather permitting, and every year he is vigilant in reminding the men what they are marching for. They are not marching for themselves or for their own rights. They are there to promote the gift and sanctity of life and to defend the rights of those who cannot defend themselves.” Today marks the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. We ask that you join us today in praying for the respect and protection of all human life.

Seminarians Sabastian Alvarez and Brian Ilagor walk up the steps to the Basilica.
Bishop Jugis, joined by seminarians Michael Camilleri, Matthew Harrison, and Jose Palma, walked amongst the hundreds of thousands present for the March.
Seminarians Peter Townsend and Clement Akerblom peacefully protest abortion as fellow marchers pass by.