(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Thirteen students from the St. Paul’s School Wolves for Life are currently on their way to join over 500 youth members of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the country for the 42nd Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. While these thirteen will represent SPS specifically, other students will be attending with their church parish youth groups.
A total of 10 buses from the archdiocese, three from the north shore and seven from the south shore, departed last night and will arrive in Washington this evening.
“I’m ecstatic,” junior Addison Nick said prior to loading the bus. “I’m really looking forward to all of the youth rallies, honestly. I can’t wait to see all of the youth get together for a common cause.”
Wednesday’s events will include the Geaux Forth rally, which will host all of the groups from Louisiana for lectures, music, and prayer. A rosary will then be said for the victims of abortion, starting outside of the DC Planned Parenthood and ending outside of the White House. From there, the New Orleans Archdiocese group will attend the Life Is Very Good Rally at George Mason University, which will feature a talk from Chris Stefanik and a concert courtesy of acclaimed Christian Rock musician Matt Maher.
“This is my third March for Life,” said senior Patrick Rudiger. “I’ve done it all before, and I’m really looking forward to Matt Maher’s concert. He rocks.”
Thursday’s activities will begin with Mass, led by New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond. From the Mass, the Wolves for Life will go to the March itself, which begins at the National Mall and will conclude outside of the Supreme Court building.
“I’m excited for the March,” said senior Ben Holligsworth. “It’s amazing to see youth from all across the country, archdiocese, and state all for the same purpose.”
Following the March, a reception will be held in one of the Senate office buildings, where Louisiana Congressional leaders will educate the participants on what is being done to fight Roe vs. Wade in Congress. The night will conclude with adoration at the hotel.
Friday will begin with Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. From the Basilica, the participants will tour the Smithsonian Museums for one last look at DC before departing. The group is scheduled to return Saturday afternoon.
“I’m looking forward to spending some time with my friends and learning about our country at the Smithsonian,” said junior Chris Demare. “I don’t know if I’ll have the opportunity to go again.”
The St. Paul’s group will be chaperoned by Wolves for Life faculty moderator, Tommy Lahey.
“I’m excited for this trip because (Wolves for Life) have been wanting to go for a while. Wolves love babies, and we’re going to defend those babies and life in general,” said Lahey, who is currently expecting his own baby with his wife, Cara, in April.
The New Orleans Archdiocese youth delegation, which includes the total of 10 buses, will depart D.C. Friday evening and is scheduled to return Saturday afternoon.