Nearly 1,000 youth and adults from churches and schools in northwest Ohio traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual March for Life on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.
The event draws tens of thousands of youth and pro-life supporters from across the country each year to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
This year, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas marched with groups and individuals who traveled from the Diocese of Toledo to the nation’s capital. Bishop Thomas led the group from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court Building as they walked and witnessed to the dignity and sanctity of each unborn child.[singlepic id=856 w=320 h=240 float=right]
“Jesus Christ came to give us life. That life is precious and sacred,” said Bishop Thomas in a interview with EWTN.
The group marched side by side wearing bright orange ski caps embroidered with “Holy Diocese of Toledo!”
Peter Range, Catholic Charities’ Respect Life coordinator, and representatives from the diocese’s Young Adult and Campus Ministry, led and traveled with a group of 90 young adults, ages 19-39, to Washington D.C.
“It truly represents being one body, and to have our shepherd [Bishop Thomas] call us together shows his desire to be a leader in this issue, and also a desire to lead his flock to a greater respect for life,” said Range to the Toledo Blade. [singlepic id=861 w=320 h=240 float=left]
Other groups from the diocese included:
The Diocese of Toledo Youth Ministry Office, Attica Our Lady of Hope, Bellevue St. Gaspar del Bufalo, Bucyrus Holy Trinity, Clyde St. Mary, Galion St. Joseph, Mansfield St. Peter, New Washington St. Bernard, Shelby Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Glandorf St. John the Baptist, Kalida St. Michael, Marblehead St. Joseph, Port Clinton Immaculate Conception, Divine Mercy, Delphos St. John High School, Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic High School, Toledo St. Joan of Arc, Toledo St. Patrick of Heatherdowns and Perrysburg St. Rose.
To read the Toledo Blade’s article about the March for Life group, go to: http://www.toledoblade.com/Religion/2015/01/23/Protesters-from-area-March-for-Life.html#ZC6ddWmhKCDUcL4S.03
Top Feature photo credit – Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP