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Our good Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will celebrate the annual Respect Life Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on February 25 at 11:00 am. Following Mass he will join in awarding prizes to winners of the 29th Annual Respect Life Essay Contest at a ceremony in Patrons’ Hall. Congratulations to all students who took part in the contest, and thanks to the volunteers who read the 376 essays submitted by the 32 participating archdiocesan schools, home-schools, and parish religious programs!
Great new video from @restoreculture1. We’d blogged about The Culture Project earlier when Fr. Mark of EWTN interviewed them at the Walk was at the Walk for Life West Coast. Check it out & Choose Life!
While we were searching for more photos of Alveda King–here’s one below–we came across this GREAT video from the 2008 Walk for Life West Coast that we had forgotten about. Worth another look!
President Donald Trump has honored Alveda King, who spoke at the 2008 Walk for Life West Coast, with an appointment to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission. The commission will honor the great abolitionist leader on the 200 anniversary of his birth. Check him out! You just know he’d be marching with us!
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports
King, a stalwart Christian anti-abortion conservative, was by Trump’s side – along with HUD Secretary Ben Carson – last February when he visited the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
She was also onboard Air Force One last month when Trump signed a measure granting Georgia its first national historic park at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site near downtown Atlanta.
“I believe Donald John Trump recognized sincerity for truth and justice for everyone and that is the basis of this appointment,” King told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I am honored that I can serve America in this capacity.”
Congratulations, Alveda! A well-earned honor!
Another great video from our friend Raul Guillen! Check it out:
Steve and many of his crew of security volunteers have been with the Walk for Life West Coast since day one–and that’s one VERY important reason that the Walk is always so safe and smooth! Of course, they are Knights of Columbus, and Steve was profiled in a story on the K of C. website.
Pictures of Steve (in the red cap talking into the microphone, with Mark Walsh, big guy in the tan hat) are surprisingly tough to find–this one’s from 2013–or maybe not! He’s so busy keeping things safe and working with the SFPD that the photographers don’t have time to focus!
STANDING WITH THE TRUTH
KNIGHTS JOIN THE 2018 WALK FOR LIFE WEST COAST
On January 27, one week after the March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Walk for Life West Coast changed the hearts and minds of those attending. The ten-block walk through the main streets of San Francisco, is the second largest pro-life event in the United States, drawing an estimated 60,000 people.
In the hilly city known for its beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, Victorian houses and technology, San Francisco made history as a progressive leader in the pro-life movement in 2005 when the Walk for Life West Coast began. It showed that in the face of adversity, with severe protests from pro-abortion activists that attacked the peaceful Walk for Life participants, a strong voice and message of hope could still be heard.
“On the positive side, I’ve heard reports of people walking along and protesters coming up and saying, ‘Ya know I’ve been protesting you guys for a few years. I really like what you’re doing. Can I join your walk?’ They’re looking at us thinking there’s something good that these people are doing. You can see that they’re changing their mind,” said K of C member Steve Hagarty, from Concord, Calif., and St. Francis of Assisi Council 13179, who is in charge of security for the walk….
Tania Gonzalez has the story at Right to Life of Central California
Thousands March for Life in San Francisco’s West Coast Walk for Life
Tens of thousands of people from all backgrounds, ages, and religious backgrounds gathered together in San Francisco this past Saturday (Jan 27.) to stand for the sanctity of human life at the 2018 West Coast Walk for Life. Together they marched, chanting and singing in unity to the sound of drums and guitars. They held signs showing the many reasons why they marched, and who they marched for.
Of the many pro-lifers who were there, hundreds of young adults from around the San Joaquin Valley attended with their friends or with their youth groups. Fresno State Students for Life and Madera High School Students for Life attended, along with busloads of youth groups from the Shrine of St. Therese, St. Anthony’s, and St. Joachim’s churches. Jorge Mendoza, who is a seminarian with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, made the trek down from Oregon and attended alongside his group, Seminarians for a Culture of Life, as well as other seminarians from Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon….
The wonderful Orthodox Father Josiah Trenham gave an equally wonderful talk to the group of Orthodox pilgrims from Southern California he led to this year’s Walk for Life West Coast. Father is second from left, below, and there’s also a couple from back in 2016 with Archbishop Cordileone and David Daleiden.
“Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The young men and staff of St. Patrick’s Seminary were at the Walk for Life West Coast defending the defenseless, giving voice to the voiceless, offering hope to the hopeless! Lots more photos here.
Before the Walk.
The National Anthem.
Walking for Life!
The good Sisters from the seminary!
Walking in the footsteps of the saints!
Fr. George Schultze, SJ (in the shades) President-Rector of the Seminary.
The people of God get a chance to meet their Seminarians–one of the many good things at the Walk!
At Embarcadero Plaza.
Bless the Pro-Life Generation! Students for Life of Gonzaga University came all the way from Spokjane, WA to the Walk for Life West Coast. They were profiled in the Gonzaga Bulletin.
GU Students for Life visit San Francisco for Walk for Life West Coast
Amy Bruza | Contributor
Last month, Gonzaga’s Students for Life club participated in the 14th annual Walk for Life West Coast and the Students for Life of America West Coast Conference in San Francisco.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Students for Life club marched with 50,000 others in the Walk for Life West Coast, a rally advocating for the outlaw of abortion.
John Jourdan, the club’s public relations coordinator, said that traveling to these events is important to the club because it shows that they are not satisfied with the current abortion laws and want a change.
Jourdan highlights the substantial number of young people he noticed at the rally. Many were carrying signs that said “I am the Pro-Life Generation” and “Women Deserve Better than Abortion.”
President of GU’s Students for Life club Katherine Thrasher was happy to see a focus on women-oriented care and women-oriented love within the pro-life movement, a huge shift that she said she believes has taken place in recent years.
Thrasher explains that many people are realizing the root cause of abortion is that women are not given the love and support that they need by being lied to and not being shown other options that are effective.
“I think our generation has hope that the older generation didn’t. So, we’re proud to hold these signs …We know that pro-life means pro-love and it means pro-women,” Thrasher said….
Read the whole thing, and check out https://www.facebook.com/GonzagaSFL/