Article by James Dionisio ’20:
On January 16, 2019, ninety-two Kellenberg juniors traveled to Washington, D.C. to defend the lives of unborn children around the world. The students were accompanied by Bro. Michael Gillen, S.M. and faculty chaperones Mr. Cicalese, Mr. Healy, Mr. Sorkin, Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. Strauss, and Miss Fiore. All were eager to journey around our nation’s capital to be a voice for the voiceless.
The first day of the pro-life retreat began with a visit to the United States Holocaust Museum. This experience gave the students insight on the horrors of the Holocaust and provided a new understanding of Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning, which the juniors are currently studying. Following the tour of the museum, the juniors went on a sightseeing trip. They were able to view the iconic monuments of our capital, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial.
During the second day, the group explored the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The beauty of the exquisite architecture and stained glass mosaics left many in awe. Being the largest Catholic Church in the country and continent, the magnitude of the place amazed everyone as well. To conclude the visit to the basilica, the students and teachers gathered together to partake in a Rosary prayer service.
The focal point of this retreat was the annual March for Life. The peaceful protest centered around the theme “Unique from Day One: ProLife is Pro-Science.” Kellenberg students and faculty dressed in golden hats and royal blue scarves enthusiastically marched around Washington, D.C. to protect the unborn from the dangers of abortion. The environment radiated with energy and positivity as the members of the pro-life community marched for one common goal: to preserve the beauty and sanctity of life. The day concluded with a short prayer service at St. Joseph’s Church, where the juniors had the opportunity to meet Bishop Barres.
Those who were able to participate in this pro-life retreat are grateful to experience something so meaningful. The March for Life left everyone with a new perspective on God’s great gift of life.