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Providence Catholic students, faculty and chaperones traveled to Washington, DC in late January for the annual March for Life. While some may reduce being pro-life to simply opposing abortion, Mrs. Potempa (Moderator) encourages PCHS students to be truly pro-life. That is, to pray and live in such a way as to promote the sanctity of life in all phases. PCHS traveled to the nation’s capital to raise their voices for those who have no voice, whether they be pre-born, dying, on death row, or living in violence and poverty.
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In their Own Words
Cecilia Spesia ’17 (Joliet)
Since I was young, I have been taught the importance of valuing and defending the gift that is life, but as I grew into myself, this belief has become more personal. I was given a foundation from my family but have developed a fierce passion for being a voice for the voiceless. I think the March itself stood out to me because it is an opportunity to DO something about the injustice in the world. As an 18 year old, there are not many accessible ways to powerfully protest things that are unjust, inhumane, or immoral. The March has offered me the opportunity to rally with those who are on my side, but has also strengthened my beliefs and reminded me why I am pro-life. With my involvement in the March, I hope to help others to strengthen their views and to better understand the importance of defending life and speaking up for those who cannot. Even family and friends who are not pro-life might be sparked by my passion and begin to question their own beliefs or perhaps engage in a discussion. I think that the biggest problem with abortion is the lack of education and, by taking action, whether people agree or not, I may be creating an opportunity to educate people. In attending the March, I hope to start a ripple, however small, that will affect others in my community.
Faith Morrison ’17 (Mokena)
I became involved with the March for Life because I wanted to be a part of something special. The March for Life is a great cause and to be a part of that is something truly amazing. Although individually it may seem like we may not be significant, when we come together, we can make a huge difference. With my involvement in the March for Life, I hope that together my classmates we can make a difference. Working together, we can stand up for what we as a community believe is right.
Mark Cachey ’17 (Tinley Park)
My involvement with March for Life stems from my belief that life is sacred from conception until death. I hope this March will continue to show law-makers that this is a pressing issue and I want to use my voice for those who do not have one. Although it may be a challenge for law-makers to outlaw abortion entirely, the ultimate goal is to do abolish it entirely. I hope that my involvement with March for Life will help make others aware of the need to end abortion.
Amy (Tryner) Potempa ’93 (Respect Life Moderator & Theology Teacher)
I became involved with the March for Life when I became moderator of the Respect Life Club. I wanted our students to talk about the Catholic values that promote human dignity at all phases of life and this was a great way to do that. I hope that our participation will give Providence Catholic students a chance to see how was can engage in respectful dialogue about issues that really matter. That we can be a voice for the voiceless and promote human dignity in our country.