"The only way the world can be saved is with love." - Shania Moscat
The March for Life Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami Respect Life Office, provides students from different high schools in the archdiocese, an opportunity to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. In January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, we travel to Washington D.C. to march to the Supreme Court to peacefully protest their 1973 decision.
The pilgrimage also gives students an opportunity to visit the Holocaust museum to put the value of life into perspective, as Paige Pokryfke stated, "Then, we went to the Holocaust Museum where my perspective on life truly changed. You always hear about this disastrous event in history, however when you are looking at thousands of shoes that were taken from people, your viewpoint on the world changes."
This trip we also had the opportunity to meet with FL Republican Senator, Marco Rubio where he shared what was being done in Congress to support the Pro-Life movement.
"Partaking in this march was arguably one of the most powerful events that one can be a part of, as there were half a million other people present who all have the same motive: To fight for life." - Rene Padilla (Senior)
STA Moderator, Ms. Michaela Ecker, accompanied 6 STA students, male and female on this year's pilgrimage. She stated, "March for Life always brings me hope in the future because of all the young people who come. Their positive energy gives life to the movement. This opportunity gives students a chance to see they are not alone in their beliefs and together they can make a difference and be heard."
Sophomore, Cristina Avila Ramos said "This trip was very enlightening and enjoyable because I learned a lot more about the pro-life community and how many people support the cause. I now know that we are not alone in this fight."
Students that attended this year's March recalled this as one of the most powerful messages, "We all have a voice but when we come together we are more than just a voice."