Approximately 250 people traveled from through out the Diocese of Savannah to participate in the annual Prolife March in Washington D.C  Above, a green Diocese of Savannah flag can be seen in a section of the marchers on January 24. Photograph by  Krystyn

Marching for those who cannot

Originally Appeared in : Vol. 100 No. 04

Busloads of people from all over the country began arriving in the nation’s capital for the annual Pro-life March on January 24. A contingent of people from the Augusta area went to the Youth Rally Mass in the Capital One Arena. Emma Gladd, who joined the pilgrimage for the first time, said, “I wasn’t expecting that many people to be there. Everyone was clapping and singing – it was great.”

Gladd said it is important to attend the March for Life, “Because we have to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves.” Gladd, a freshman, attends Aquinas High School in Augusta. One of her teachers, Michael Lammers organized the trip to D.C. for the March. Two busloads carrying 101 people from Augusta brought the total to more than 250 people from the Diocese of Savannah attending the annual March for Life.
The recent trip is about the 7th trip to Washington, D.C., that Lammers organized. He said, “I started being a part of Bible studies and one in particular group there was a bunch of high school guys and we were discussing the great evils that are in the world and came to the realization that none of us could think of a greater evil than the slaughter of innocent children. And so we decided as a group of men and young men do something.” He continued, “My involvement started there. And then through that, we started going to the march in Atlanta. And then we always had a desire to go to D.C. and finally made that happen. You know, so we started with small groups going to D.C. about 30 and then it just grew.”
Jayne M.J. Stefanic, Diocesan Director of the Office of Marriage, Family, and Respect Life, said, “We had approximately 250 people of all ages from age 6 to those in their 60’s from 17 parishes throughout the Diocese travel to D.C. for the March. Participating churches were: Augusta - Most Holy Trinity, St. Joseph, St. Mary on the Hill; St. Francis Xavier, Brunswick; St. Teresa of Avila, Grovetown; St. Joseph, Macon; St. Anne, Richmond Hill; Savannah; Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Cabrini, St. James, St. Peter the Apostle; St. Boniface, Springfield; Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Marys; St. Simons Island, St. William; and Our Divine Saviour, Tifton.

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