What started out as the dream of a small Catholic High School class in Beloit, Kansas, has turned into a national pro-life event aimed at activating youth to stand against abortion.
This Friday will mark the first Catholic School for Life Rally. Students from St. John’s Catholic High School in Beliot will travel 2½ hours to Wichita for a rally and prayer outside South Wind Women’s Center, the closest abortion clinic to Beliot as a means of education on the reality of abortion. They will be joined by other Catholic High Schools, including Sacred Heart Catholic School in Salina and Kapaun High School in Wichita.
But the Catholic School for Life Rallies are not confined to Kansas. St. John’s faculty organizer, Andrew Neiwald, has received confirmations that Catholic high schools in Colorado, Nebraska, and South Carolina, will be participating by rallying at abortion clinics in their communities. Some will include prayer, the reading of Bible verses, and even the singing of Christmas Carols at their local abortion sites.
The event has received blessings from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Neiwald has been told that prayers are being offered for the event from as far away as Brazil.
The students hope that this event will spread and become a yearly tradition that will also include students from Protestant schools in the future.
Students in Beloit emphasize that everyone, not just students, are invited to participate in the December 6 event.
“We encourage everyone to turn out for a rally and prayer at their local abortion clinics to show support for what these amazing high school students are doing,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue. “These students will get up early, drive far, and brave a cold Kansas winter morning to offer prayer for women seeking abortions. They are an example of sacrifice we can all applaud and emulate.”
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The Catholic School for Life Rally in Wichita will be held at 9:30 am on December 6, 2013, at South Wind Women’s Center, 5107 E. Kellogg, Wichita, KS. Operation Rescue staff will attend in support.
Participants are encouraged to send photos of their December 6 events to St. John’s students at [email protected].
For more information, please visit the Catholic School for Life Rally 2013 Facebook page.