For Them, the March Starts Friday

Benedictine Ravens in D.C.

Today is the day the March for Life starts — if you’re from Kansas.

My family has participated in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., almost every year for the past 20 years. It was easy when we lived in Washington and Connecticut, but at least one of us has continued to go even after we moved. Benedictine College sends four busloads on the days-long journey each year, and my daughter will board her bus today.

The school’s epic effort was featured on EWTN in the documentary “Thine Eyes.”

  • Benedictine College sends more students from further away to the Washington, D.C., March for Life than any other Catholic university – we also send our president, Stephen D. Minnis, along with other administrators and monks.
  • The college has been making the trip since 1985, often bringing other schools with us and thereby inspiring several other March for Life trips from the Midwest.
  • Each year that I’ve been here, a student has camped out in front of each dorm on campus in the Fall semester, vowing to sleep outside until we beat the previous year’s record of participants.

Such is the youthful energy of the pro-life movement, a true movement which dwarfs the “occupy movement.” In 2009, I created a partial list of local Roe v. Wade protests across the country and found nearly 100,000 pro-lifers were attending events across the country like the Topeka event my younger children will attend.

It can seem a fruitless task, marching in the cold with signs while the media studiously looks the other way. But the March for Life is truly changing America, even if no one is noticing it, because it is changing the predominantly young people who attend it.

“The first time I attended the March for Life was the first time I realized that there really was hope,” Stephanie Trouba, the student who is this year’s March for Life Coordinator at Benedictine. “Even if we weren’t the majority in Congress, we were passionate and we were not going to give up.”

“I’ve continued my involvement in pro-life groups and my prayers for an end to abortion,” she said, “in part because of the hope I found among the hundreds of thousands of people I marched with.”

So this weekend say a prayer for those who have begun the March for Life already, in a bus. And realize that, thanks to our young people, it is only a matter of time before the United States again protects the right to life.



  • Drew

    Good Sir,
    What a great article, I am from Kansas myself. However, as incredible it is that Benedictine College is sending 4 buses, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita Kansas, takes far more than 4 buses of young people each year to the march, which is further from Washington D.C. than Atchison Kansas. I have participated in the Diocese sponsored trip myself and I believe we have taken as many as 8 buses some years and most certainly take no less than 5 each year. Most certainly we are the diocese furthest away which takes the most people.


    • Tom Hoopes

      Awesome. Of course, my post only claims we send more from farther away than any other Catholic university. But leave it to Kansas to crush the competition. (Kansas’ Catholic population also has the highest rate of Mass attendance in the U.S.)

  • JeffC

    It truly does me proud to see this happening at BC! When I was a Freshman at BC in 1989-90, I went to the March for Life with a total of 7 or 8 other BC students and we had to fight the administration for excused absences for the days we were gone. We had a few more my Sophomore year and a full bus by the time I was Junior (I was not able to go my Senior year because of circumstances beyond my control). Two of the monks that will be going from BC this year were both part of those last two trips (as college students…years before they joined the Abbey)!

  • Everett

    We’re going to our third West Coast Walk for Life and looking forward to it.

  • Nathan

    Welcome. My uncle was a monk at Benedictine. Had my paternal family reunions there at the Abbey.

  • Katherine

    My husband just interviewed for a job at Benedictine. I’m so happy to read this!!!



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