January 22, 2015 (Washington, DC): Forty-seven Bishop Ward students traveled to Washington DC to participate in the annual March for Life, pro-life event. They were part of a three-bus caravan totaling over 150 students, sponsors and religious from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
The group left on Tuesday, January 20 and after 24 hours on a bus arrived in Washington DC Wednesday morning. Later that night the students had the opportunity to observe Opening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, shared words on the fight for life and shared how people of faith are called to make a better world.
“In the history of our country, people of faith have worked together to overcome the likes of racism and injustice. Now we come together to be the defense attorney for the innocent unborn and vulnerable elderly and all those who life is threatened and we shall overcome,” said Cardinal O’Malley.
The students enjoyed Mass and took away new knowledge and words to think about when marching the next day.
“Attending Mass at the National Basilica was such an amazing experience. There were so many people, and many had to sit on the floor just to attend. It soothed my soul to share this experience with so many people who believed as I do,” said Junior Gracey Sherrod
The actual March took place on Thursday, January 22. It began with a rally and music by Christian Music Artist, Marie Miller. The rally featured many politicians and pro-life leaders.
After the rally a staggering 500,000 people began the 1.1 mile, 20-minute march. Bishop Ward High School’s president, Reverend Thomas Schrader, O. Carm., led the group of Cyclones in the march.
“It was absolutely amazing to be a part of half a million people that marched and prayed to support the right to life in the United States,” said Rev. Schrader.
Junior Sara Mikesic said, “It was very exciting to think that I was part of something much larger than just myself. It was refreshing to march with so many other young people that support the same thing I do.”