On Sunday, January 13, fourteen Loyola Academy students, accompanied by three faculty chaperones, attended the 2019 March for Life at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago.
“This event is an important part of a holistic understanding of faith and justice at Loyola,” says Summer Service Coordinator Paul Leon. ”As part of our Catholic Social Teaching, we affirm the dignity of every human life, whether immigrant, refugee, imprisoned, impoverished, marginalized, disabled or unborn. Participating in the March for Life is an opportunity for Loyola students to live their faith and advocate for justice for some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”
According to the march’s official website, the purpose is “to provide an annual public event composed of people from diverse ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds dedicated to defending and protecting all human life.” Speakers included Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago; Pat McCaskey, Chicago Bears co-owner; Congressman Dan Lipinski and more.
"Attending the March for Life had a profound impact on me," says junior AleahParafinczuk. "I was happy to come together with so many different people spanning across all ages, backgrounds and religions who felt as strongly as I do about protecting the life and dignity of unborn children."
For sophomore Olivia Cozzini, the event was her first protest. "I was surprised by how powerful I felt when my fellow classmates, other Chicagoans and myself joined together fr the same cause. The March for Life was a very special day."
Participating Ramblers were Logan Aldrich ’20, Dominic Battaglia ’20, Leo Brett ’20, Danielle Boucher ’20, Olivia Cozzini ’21, William Dooley ’21, Carla Flores ’21, Daniel O'Flaherty ’20, AleahParafinczuk ’20, Carter Randolfi ’20, Erin Ryan ’22, Archangelena Simon ’20, Thomas Thompson-Arjona ’22 and Ryan Weigand ’20. Chaperoning the event were Social Studies Teacher Mr. William Brandstrader ’88, Summer Service Coordinator Mr. Paul Leon and Social Studies Teacher Mr. Michael Hengelmann ’00.