Celebrating Life at IPS
March for Life week events:
The week of the annual March for Life was chock full of activities for the students, faculty and staff. Mass on Tuesday, January 22nd, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, was offered in reparation for sins against life. Later that evening, Holy Hour for Life was held with the Sisters of Life, followed by dinner and a presentation on psychological issues affecting women considering abortion and adoption.
On Wednesday, priests and brothers from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs) in town for the March, came for lunch and a presentation given by doctoral students Fr. Joseph Tatro, M.S., and Jill Bohacik, M.S. The conference was entitled Early Attachment: Implications for Formation in Religious Life, and provided relevant information for those religious involved in vocational work and formation.
On Friday, a number of students, staff and faculty braved the cold and snow to join the half million participants in this year’s March for Life. For some it was their first experience marching in the nation’s capitol; several participants who had attended the West Coast march in the past, remarked how peaceful the Washington, DC, march is in comparison.
On Saturday, IPS sponsored tables at two conferences promoting the Culture of Life cause: Students for Life of America (SFLA) and the Cardinal O’Connor Conference (COC), held at Georgetown University.
For all, it was a confirmation of the great need for the work IPS is undertaking, healing the wounds of the culture of death, bringing people from unhappiness to hope.