Christendom College, a faithful Catholic institution, plans to close again to allow students and staff to attend the March for Life in Washington. The college shuts down every year for the March for Life to show its dedication to ending abortion.
The Virginia-based college will close its doors on Friday, January 25, and its Student Activities Council will charter busses enabling the entire student body to attend the March for Life in the nation’s capital along with hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans.
One student talked with the Catholic news outlet Zenit about this year’s decision to attend the March for Life:
“I find it very refreshing that the college cancels classes every year so that we can attend the March,” says Chris Roberts, a senior and president of the student pro-life club Shield of Roses, which prayerfully protests at the Planned Parenthood in D.C. once a week. “It really highlights Christendom’s dedication to the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of life – even in a culture of death.”
Roberts says that the March is one of the best ways to show solidarity with fellow pro-lifers.
“We are able to reinvigorate ourselves for the fight,” Roberts says. “And it’s great to see our professors and staff and their families take part.”
Every year, Christendom cancels classes on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States, and the College’s entire student body enthusiastically attends the March. In 2009, Christendom students led the March for Life, carrying the lead banner and flags.
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The college has attended the March for Life as a community every year since the school was founded over 30 years ago. Its students are active in pro-life work year round, leading prayerful protests at a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Washington once a week, as well as taking part in sidewalk counseling and other pro-life activities.
Christendom College is a four-year coeducational Roman Catholic Liberal Arts College with undergraduate and graduate programs offered on three campuses in Front Royal and Alexandria, Virginia, and Rome, Italy.