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The National March for Life 2019

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Marking the 46th anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade, students from the travelled down to Washington D.C. to participate in the National March for Life. The day before the March, the college travelled by bus with the Diocese of Manchester in the daylong trip down to the Nation’s capital, with 90% of the student body in attendance.  

After staying the night in a hotel, all attended mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Capitol Heights. Following Mass, some students visited the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception where they met Brother Stephen Camara, ‘16, a graduate of Northeast Catholic and a seminarian with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Brother Camara led the students on a tour of the nearby Saint John Paul II National Shrine, where they were able to venerate the relics of Pope John Paul II, as well as the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney.  

After spending the morning exploring the nation’s Capital, the students all assembled beneath the college banner. As they do every year, they kicked off the march singing sacred hymns and chant, uniting with the hundreds of thousands of other Marchers. Estimates of the attendance of this year’s March ranged from 200,000 to 300,000 Marchers, with crowds stretching as far as the eye could see. “While we are constantly told that young people champion prochoice policy,” said student Rebecca Stolarski, ’19 “seeing the Marchers to be predominantly young people is such powerful evidence to the contrary.” 

– Contributed by Joseph McGrath ’20

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