By Briana Florez
On Jan. 22, more than 500 students from Paul VI traveled to the Patriot Center on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus for the “Life is VERY Good” rally, and then onto Washington, D.C., to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.
Ike Ndolo, and his band, brought students to their feet at the rally as they clapped, danced and sang along to contemporary Christian music and hymns. Next on stage was youth speaker Chris Stefanick, who shared his experiences of parenthood with the crowd of Pro-Life supporters.
“I really enjoyed listening to Chris Stefanick speak at the rally,” said Anna Turcott ‘16 of Real Life Catholic President Chris Stefanick. “His message was very inspiring, and it was fun to listen to him because he was so passionate.”
Bishop Loverde’s beautiful homily united attendees in thought and prayer, and prepared the crowd to carry out God’s word on the streets of Washington, D.C.
The weather was fair, and Paul VI students, teachers, and parents wore gold winter hats as they marched in solidarity and support for the unborn. Student chants included, “We love babies; yes, we do! We love babies, how ‘bout you?” and “When I say pro, you say life! Pro! Life!”
”I really enjoyed the enthusiasm of our kids as they pondered and stood up for the protection of human life from conception to natural death—one of the great questions of our times,” said Theology Teacher Deacon Richard Caporiccio.
“It was nice to support those who could not fight for themselves,” said Kelly Farmer ‘17.
It was freshman Brock Mauck’s first time attending the march, and he was pleasantly surprised. “The large turnout from Paul VI students was amazing!” said Mauck ‘18.
The March for Life is something that all who attend Paul VI look forward to every year. It is a wonderful opportunity to support the pro-life movement and to feel proud in doing something that may save lives and inspire others.