Pro-Life Ministry leads pilgrims to March for Life

MERIDEN, CT (01-22-2016) - Despite threats of a major snowstorm headed for Washington, D.C., the Pro-Life Ministry staff of the Archdiocese of Hartford led three bus-loads of 130 pilgrims from the Archdiocese to the March for Life early Thursday morning, January 21st. Coordinator Sister Suzanne Gross, FSE and the veteran bus drivers estimated the trip would be safe as the buses could leave Washington, D.C. to return to Connecticut before the onslaught of the storm.

The Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese has organized the pilgrimage for years with increased participation each year. Approximately 60 high school students from St. Paul Catholic School in Bristol joined as pilgrims this year in the March for Life to express opposition to the legalization of abortion in the United States.

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Pilgrims gather at the Franciscan Sisters' Chiara Center at 6:00 a.m. to prepare to board buses for the March for Life. The Sisters offered coffee and rolls to the 130 pilgrims. The Pro-Life Ministry staff prepared a travel bag of bottled water, snacks, name badge with emergency telephone numbers, a red scarf and a prayer booklet for each pilgrim.

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Father Thomas Hickey, pastor of St. Stephen Church, Hamden, leads the prayer before departure. Next to Father Hickey is Sister Suzanne Gross, Mary Lou Peters and Janice Hunter of the Pro-Life Ministry.

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Franciscan Postulants Robyn Lee (left) and Katelyn Salata join all the pilgrims in wearing red scarves identifying them with the Archdiocese of Hartford group.

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Mary Lou Peters and Sister Regina Cochran, FSE review the list of pilgrims on their bus prior to departure.

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Sister Suzanne Gross and Mr. Cary Dupont, President of St. Paul Catholic School, Bristol, prepare to board the buses.

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Joyful pilgrims ready to leave for Washington, D.C.

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Marie Laffin. RN, coordinator of Rachel's Vineyard retreats for Pro-Life Ministry, avidly supports the March for Life each year.

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Sister Marie Benedict Elliott and Sister Jeanne d'Arc Paquette, Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, happily represent the Community on the pilgrimage. Sister Marie Benedict is a faculty member of St. Paul Catholic School and a support chaperone for the students on the trip.

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Three buses leave the Franciscan campus in the early morning as the sun begins to rise.