by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.
On January 27, 2017, Sister Philomena and I joined the hundreds of thousands of participants at the 44 th March for Life gathered in Washington DC. It was a remarkable event, awe-inspiring, as people of all ages, religious and political backgrounds, gathered to show their united and overwhelming support to defend Life.
Even though this event was initially organized to end abortion legalized by the Roe vs. Wade court decision in 1973, the sweeping tide of the culture of death manifested in laws allowing for physician-assisted suicide and the widespread acceptance of the euthanasia mentality in our society, brought together people advocating for the elderly, the handicapped, the marginalized and the infirm.
We joined Rev. Robert Bubel and his parishioners at Saint Mary St. Peter Parish in Kingston, NY and left the parking lot at 5:10 am. We picked up a group
of young people and the St. Augustine parishioners with their pastor half an hour later.The bus was 55 marchers full!The weather was exceptionally
sunny compared to the previous years (there was a blizzard last year) , the strong wind gusts made it uncomfortably cold. Even though as in every
rally security was tight, it was exceptionally so this year because of the presence of VP Mike Pence who was one of the invited speakers.The mood was
very joyful, with religious sisters, brothers, friars and clergy heavily notable in the crowd. Sister Philomena and I held up our poster, which
garnered some attention, with two groups asking permission if they could take a photo of us and the poster, for television! God only knows where it
would show up! Keep your eyes open! We ended the day with a Mass offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of the National Basilica of the Immaculate
We returned after 1:00 am, wearied in body but buoyed up in spirit. It was great to be able to witness at the March for our elderly residents. It was wonderful to be part of something big- something bigger than we are. We hope to be able to do this again next year!