On Thursday, January 22, we joined hundreds of thousands of fellow demonstrators for the March for Life in Washington, DC protesting the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in our country to the ninth month. Building up the Culture of Life is a year-round matter, but this day joins the many facets of the movement in a pubic demonstration.
IVE Priests and seminarians, our apostolic sisters and those in formation, the IVE Third Order lay members and many youth and young adults from our parishes formed a large contingency to come out in favor of life.
St. James Academy in Kansas made a short video about those who march and why. The video feature two of our sisters affiliated with the school, one as former teacher, the other as an alumna.
This annual event has taken on not only the sorrowful spirit of the violence involved, but also the young face of the “survivor generation” who proclaim loudly that life is a gift and abortion is not the answer even to difficult crisis pregnancies.
Friday to Sunday, we held the First Annual IVE Winter Youth Festival at the IVE seminary, the Ven. Fulton Sheen House of Formation. Many marchers who could stay joined us for this as well as confirmation candidates and youth from the Metro DC area. Fr. Dan Vitz, IVE celebrated the holy Mass and gave a powerful talk on the Pro-Life at the end of life, unmasking the false rhetoric of the “death with dignity” movement.
Mike and Annie, a young Catholic couple, gave a beautiful talk on the call to authentic chastity for youth.
We commit all of these apostolates in favor of youth and the cause of life to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, and Patroness of the Unborn.