By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
The March for Life through downtown Mobile continues to get bigger, and younger.
Middle school students from Archdiocese of Mobile schools in Baldwin and Mobile counties will participate in this year’s march on Friday, Jan. 18. The local march coincides with the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., where thousands – including hundreds of young adults from the archdiocese – will stand up for life.
This is the third year local pro-life leaders have organized a march through Mobile. Hundreds have attended the first two rallies, but with middle school participation this year, March for Life – Mobile, AL President Emily Montague is hoping for 1,000 supporters this year.
“This year, the march has grown exponentially,” Montague said. “… We are very excited and have enjoyed watching God grow this march.”
The March for Life theme in both Washington and Mobile is “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science.” To encourage student participation, local organizers held a T-shirt design contest for students invited to the march. St. Ignatius’ Mimi Strain won the contest.
“(Unique from Day One) conveys the message that we are all irreplaceable and one of a kind and that abortion kills a human being who will not get a second chance at this life,” Montague said. “By allowing abortion, we are effectively limiting our means to achieve great things as a whole. By killing millions of humans each year, we have lost our societal moral compass and the things we are beginning to see ‘science’ accomplish will only steadily grow worse.”
Students are also encouraged to be vocal as organizers have created a “spirit competition” for the schools during the march. The school which shows the greatest pro-life spirit will receive the “spirit stick” and will keep it until next year’s march, where it will be awarded again.
This year’s rally begins at 9:45 a.m. at Cathedral Square and Very Rev. Paul Zoghby, pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Foley, is this year’s keynote speaker.
“Fr. Zoghby is a dynamic speaker and will address how abortion is hurting us, our culture and especially women,” Montague said.
The march begins at 10:45 a.m. down Dauphin Street.
The morning also includes opportunity for prayer as Fr. Stephen Vrazel will celebrate a 9 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Pastor Linda Johnson from Mt. Hebron Church Ministries will lead an ecumenical service at 9:30 at Cathedral Square.
“We welcome every person of good will to join us in standing for the rights of those who have no voice – from conception to natural death,” Montague said.
- For more information, visit marchforlifemobile.org or www.facebook.com/marchforlifemobile/