BE Marches for Life

Early Thursday morning, a group of about 30 students and 6 chaperones set out for the March for Life in Washington D.C. After settling into the hotel, they went straight to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to attend the Vigil for Life Mass. The Basilica was packed with thousands of people, there was only floor space available. The students were amazed at the beauty of the Basilica which is the largest Church in the US and one of the largest in the world.
Friday, the group set out bright and early to attend the Youth Rally at the Capital One Center. Along with thousands of other high school students, they had the opportunity to attend confession, hear motivational pro-life speeches, pray the rosary, sing praise and worship, and attend Mass. The Mass was celebrated by hundreds of priests, several bishops, some cardinals, and even the Papal Nuncio himself who read a stirring message from Pope Francis and gave everyone in attendance the opportunity for a plenary indulgence.
Our students and teachers then walked to the National Mall where they joined the rest of the marchers. First, they heard more inspiring Pro-Life talks and were even addressed by President Trump himself. This was historical as it was the first time ever that a President has attended the March Rally in person. Once the Rally ended, it was time for the official March. They marched from the National Mall to the steps of the Supreme Court in peaceful protest of any laws against the dignity of life. This included praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and singing songs of worship. This took about 2.5 hours because of the hundreds of thousands in attendance. It rained a little, but the weather was not too cold, luckily and the students were AMAZING through it all. Not a single one of them ever complained once and they offered up every hardship as a prayer. After the March, they went to a Church and spent some time in adoration.

Saturday morning students and teachers went to the Shrine of the late Pope St. John Paul II and held Mass with all the others from the Diocese of Charleston that had attended the March. Two BE alumni celebrated Mass Fr. Rhett Williams and Nick Shiver, who is now a seminarian studying in D.C. said the first reading. They were then able to explore the Shrine which held two very important relics: those are relics of St. Faustina and JPII himself. 

Overall it was an incredible trip and the students loved it. They said they really enjoyed seeing so many beautiful churches and shrines. They also loved being surrounded by so many other people, many of which were their own age, who held and stood up for the same beliefs because they did not realize how many there were before and it made them understand they are not alone.