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Annapolis parish brings four busloads to D.C. to speak up for life

Four busloads of students and chaperones from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, MD, gathered at 5 a.m. January 22 and departed promptly at 6 a.m. for Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual March for Life.

Accompanied by Redemptorist Father Eric Hoog, the group gathered at the Verizon Center prior to the march for the annual Rally for Life. They joined 20,000 other young people from all over the country for songs, speakers, prayer, and video presentations, all of which were displayed on the large video monitors throughout the arena.

After praying the rosary together and participating in Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, the St. Mary’s contingent made its way to the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, joining thousands of other people, to await the start of the march toward the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court.

“Around 2 p.m. the huge group of marchers who had attended the rally on the Mall approached our group and swelled the ranks,” Father Hoog said. “We then marched down Constitution Avenue and passed the Supreme Court. Our group paused by the Supreme Court for a few minutes of prayer before we boarded the buses back to Annapolis.”

“There were about 300,000 marchers that day, and it was a tremendous witness to the basic human value of the sanctity of life.”