Over 400 students, faculty and staff from Christendom College traveled to Washington Jan. 25 for the 40th Annual March for Life. Despite freezing temperatures, the college community rallied on the National Mall facing Capitol Hill with an estimated 500,000 fellow pro-lifers from around the nation.
"The March is so invigorating because it is a chance to renew our commitment to life with each other and with God," senior Stephen Wood, of California, said in a press release from the school. "And there is no better way of living out this commitment than by walking in a spirit of prayer and penitence through the streets of our nation's capital."
The college, as in previous years, canceled classes for the day of the march so that the entire school can attend. The student body started off the day with morning Mass at Christendom's Christ the King chapel, then boarded buses to Washington. On the way, everyone prayed the Rosary for the intentions of the pro-life movement and for an end to abortion.
Many Christendom students are March for Life veterans.
The press release said students returned from the march with a renewed purpose to continue in the pro-life work that they are active in year-round. Some of these pro-life activities include Students for Life, a club that focuses on supporting the pro-life cause through activism, and Shield of Roses, a student group that prays every Saturday morning in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington. Students also volunteer their time and talent at the crisis pregnancy center in Front Royal.
For more information, visit christendom.edu.