FCSLA In the Community
The 36th Annual Right to Life March - January 22, 2009
This year, the FCSLA realized a goal of sponsoring two buses. A generous donation
was made by the First Catholic Slovak Union.
On the evening of January 21, 2009,
FCSLA members gathered along with 77 members of the Benedictine, Regina, Baldwin-Wallace
and the University of Akron Pro-Life Clubs. The buses started on their journey
at 11:30 p.m. The travelers on both buses recited the rosary asking for God's
protection and a safe trip.
Our pilgrims arrived in D.C. at 7:00 a.m. with hopes of attending the Rally
for Life and Youth Mass at the Verizon Center. For the first time since the
FCSLA has been sponsoring this bus trip, they found the Verizon Center filled
to its capacity of 16,000 for a Mass that didn't begin until 10:00 a.m.
Slovak Flag, flying in a crowd of 250,000 people on Constitution Avenue, united
all the members of the Slovak Catholic Fraternal Organizations.
The March for
Life began its journey up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Capitol. The crowd
seemed to be the biggest gathering for the march since it began.
At the conclusion,
everyone gathered back at Union Station. A pleasant and nourishing addition
to the conclusion of the march was the wonderful lunch supplied by the Cleveland
District for all the travelers.
The dedicated, but tired, pilgrims
arrived back at the Home Office at 1:00 a.m. Many of the students commented
that without the kindness and generosity of the FCSLA, they would not have
had the opportunity to attend the march, and stated how incredibly grateful
they were for this experience.
I will share the date of the 2010 March for Life as soon as it is published.
This will give you the opportunity to mark your calendar and make plans to
join us, and perhaps fill three buses.
Learn more about FCSLA in the Community.