The National March for Life, founded by Nellie Gray (an American pro-life activist) in 1974, was established following the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which decriminalized abortion the previous year. The annual rally is held each year in Washington, D.C. on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision. Organized by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the goal of the March is to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. In general, the March has drawn nearly 250,000 participants with attendance increasing over the past few years.
The Our Lady of Mercy Christian Formation Team is excited to offer participation in this amazing event to teens in our parish year after year. This life-changing educational experience will take the team from Baton Rouge to the White House, and from the Holocaust Museum to the steps of the Supreme Court, where they will join hundreds of thousands from across America who have come to take a stand for life. The pilgrimage is open to all teens in 10th-12th grade. These young participants will become leaders in the effort to transform our culture into a civilization of love and build a culture of life.
The itinerary for the trip provides cultural and spiritual experiences alike. Leaving from Baton Rouge on Monday, January 23, the group will arrive in D.C. by early Tuesday morning. The itinerary for the week will keep the teens busy with tours of the Shrine of the National Basilica; Holocaust Museum; Rosary walk from the White House to Planned Parenthood; and tours of Arlington Cemetery, monuments, the John Paul II Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, and more.
Louisiana Day kicks off on Thursday with the Louisiana Geaux Forth Rally and will end with a Concert and Adoration Vigil at George Mason University. Hold on to your white hats for Friday’s activities because it’s March for Life Day! Later that evening, the team will depart for Louisiana and finally arriving in Baton Rouge on Saturday evening.
Mercy’s March for Life team includes 28 individuals, 21 of which are teens. Here’s a fun fact about last year’s trip – then teen and now seminarian, Tres Turner, received his calling while on the trip last year. This trip is truly a life changing experience! Our team and the teens of our Diocese are in need of your prayers for safe travels as they participate in this pilgrimage.
Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us!