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From the Newman Center! @newmanOSU Check it out below:
Plus they have a great set of photos here.
The Wanderer’s Dexter Duggan was at the Students for Life of America West Coast Conference on January 28, the day after the Walk for Life West Coast:
San Francisco Student Meet Told . . . Pro-Lifers “Have The Momentum. We’re Winning.”
Shortly after pro-life students convened here for talks about pro-life momentum in society, pop singer Joy Villa appeared on the red carpet for the Grammys music awards in New York wearing a white gown with a large colorful painting of her own preborn daughter as a sonogram image on her flowing skirt.
The two January 28 occurrences were coincidental but synergistic.
Students for Life of America (SFLA) holds East and West Coast conferences each January just after the major pro-life marches on those coasts, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. This year’s theme was “Momentum 2018.”
As the conference here began, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said that even in San Francisco, where Planned Parenthood is building a new “mega-abortion” center, “We have the momentum. We’re winning. Change is coming to America….
“You have to be relentless, you have to be unceasing. . . . You have to have an attitude, stubborn,” in this effort, Hawkins said…. Hawkins told the California gathering, “All of (Planned Parenthood’s) services are down” except for abortion, which is up…. PP bragged “that they trained 700 students last year….We trained 11,000 students last year….I was embarrassed for Planned Parenthood,” Hawkins said….
National pro-life activist Rev. Patrick Mahoney was also at the conference, and had nice words about the Walk: “(he) told the conference this was the first time he’d come west for the San Francisco walk, featuring “tens of thousands of young people” marching through a liberal citadel.
Although he loves the March for Life in the nation’s capital, he said, “I love the diversity out here,” with numbers of Asian, black, and Hispanic pro-lifers marching through downtown San Francisco.”
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Walk for Life West Coast on NTDTV! Nice story and video from New Tang Dynasty TV! Our Asian-American pro-lifers, including old friend of the Walk Frank Lee, are interviewed.
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Do we ever love hearing stories like this! Young men considering a religious vocation attending the Walk for Life West Coast! From the Facebook page of the Capuchins, Western American Province:
We had a “Come and See” retreat over the weekend with a lot of great and inspiring young men. We had them experience prayer, communal life, liturgy, the Walk for Life, the Catholic Underground, and the National Shrine of St. Francis. It was a blessed weekend. Please keep these candidates in your prayers as they discern God’s will in their lives. #vocations
And from the parish bulletin of the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco (whose rector, Fr. John De La Riva, OFM Cap. is a great friend to the Walk, hosting the Latin Mass on Saturday, night and Walk-related events the day after):
Last Sunday’s Mass, Jan. 27th, was enriched by the presence of the brothers and visiting candidates from the Capuchin House of Studies in Berkeley, accompanied by Fr. Peter Banks, OFM Cap, Vocation Director for the Western Province. The principal celebrant was Fr. Peter Mussett from the Denver Archdiocese, pastor of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, a student group from Boulder, Colorado.
“Thank you all for your prayers during the past weekend. The Come and See retreat was a success and the young men participated with us in communal prayer, liturgy, the Walk for Life, the Catholic Underground, fraternal recreation, and a visit/ Mass at the Shrine. It was a blessed time.” -Brother Victor Taglianetti, Capuchin student friar.
May God be with these young men every step of the way as they discern their vocation! St. Francis, pray for us!
Bless their hearts! Two buses full from St. John the Baptist (good pastor, Fr. Sergio Lopez) plus the second year Confirmation class! This is from the parish bulletin:
The great young people at Students for Life of America are taking the lead against California Senate Bill 320 that would turn public college campuses into franchises of the abortion industry.
From their website, https://www.nocampusabortions.com/
“Senate Bill 320 in California would mandate taxpayer-funded colleges provide access to abortion services. Beginning next year, all campuses will be forced to distribute abortion services or transport students to the nearest abortion facility. Within 2 years, all public campuses would be required to provide abortion services on campuses, including drugs such as RU-486 to students.”
This video describes the effects of the abortion pill:
Walk for Life West Coast in Heredia 24/7:
Decenas de miles de personas participan en Walk for Life West Coast
Colaboro: Kurt Bay / Heredia 24/7
Aproximadamente unos 1 50,000 activistas participaron en el evento en San Francisco que reflejaba la “Marcha por la Vida” celebrada el 19 de enero en la capital del país. Los eventos provida se llevan a cabo todos los años en o alrededor del aniversario de la decisión de la Corte Suprema en el caso de Roe v. Wade, cuando la corte superior creó el derecho al aborto aunque no existía ninguno en la Constitución.
Vestida con una chaqueta rosa, la cofundadora de Walk for Life West Coast, Eva Muntean, enfatizó que el aborto daña tanto a bebés como a mujeres.
“Estamos aquí para proclamar que el aborto perjudica a las mujeres”, dijo a la multitud de activistas. “Estamos aquí para recuperar la narrativa de que el aborto es un derecho y, personalmente, ¡estoy aquí para recuperar el rosa!”
Nice slideshow from the Sisters here. And here’s one of their images:
“On Saturday, January 27, 2018, a large portion of the community was blessed to join tens of thousands of faithful witnesses to the sanctity of life from natural conception to natural death at the Walk for Life 2018.
The Sisters began the day by attending the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated at the Cathedral by the Archbishop joined by many Bishops (including our Bishop) and priests. It was inspiring to be in the midst of so many faithful gathered to implore God’s mercy.
The community was delighted to connect with our diocesan seminarians as well as seminarians, religious, relatives, and friends from around the country.”
Bless you, Sisters! Just seeing you at the Walk fills us with joy and courage!
This year, one of our most talked-about speakers was Mrs. Terry Beatley of the Hosea Initiative, and those are the words of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, from his 2013 book The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind.
Mrs. Beatley was very close to Dr. Nathanson, one of the original co-founders of NARAL, and an OB/GYN who performed many thousands of abortions. But as the science become more inarguable, and particularly with the development of the ultrasound, Dr. Nathanson absolutely renounced NARAL and his previous pro-abortion stance and became one of the greatest champions of the pro-life movement. Mrs. Beatley’s speech at the Walk described the mission given to her by Dr. Nathanson—to increase awareness among the American people of the strategy of deception, devised by Dr. Nathanson and NARAL, to make abortion seem acceptable “medicine.” Watch Mrs. Beatley’s speech below and visit her website www.hosea4you.org to learn more about this history which must be made known to all Americans!
A brief excerpt from Dr. Nathanson’s book may be found here.
Fantastic news! Walk for Life West Coast volunteers Clare Finley and Sal Caputi are getting married! The wedding will be next weekend at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland!
The lovely couple met at the University of Dallas. Apparently no sparks initially flew, but Our Lady is patient… The soon-to-be Mrs. Caputi tells a little about them:
“We knew each other barely well enough to become Facebook friends, and that was about it….Skip to January, 2016, and I am in D.C., treading through snow, eventually stranded with my brother, Edmund, at the March for Life, and receiving some snapchats from this UD guy who is attending the West Coast equivalent, the Walk for Life. I have no idea how or when we became friends on Snapchat, but I looked up his Facebook and clearly remembered having intentionally not deleted him some years before, thinking, “Hmmm… he’s cute!”
We’ve cherry-picked a somewhat humorous example, but for some deeply beautiful and heartfelt expressions of the love this couple shares, go here.
We are just beyond overjoyed at their marriage!