Sunday, 13 December 2020 16:58

March for Life: Transforming hearts, inspiring young people

How to sign up for D.C. trip, which will look different this year

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the March for Life pilgrimage will look a different this year. Tony Cerveny, the director of Youth and Sports Ministry and Sister M. Veritas Wilks, FSGM, the director of Youth and Women’s Ministry at the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, will be leading events in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life Jan. 28-29 for the people of our diocese.

12 13 2020 MFL St Anthony Effingham 02 09 file photoTeenagers accompanied by parents/guardians and other family members are invited to join them, however, unlike years past, there will be no buses leaving the diocese — meaning anyone wishing to attend must get to Washington on their own.

While in Washington, everyone from our diocese will come together for food (two meals complimentary), prayer, programing, games, Mass at St. Peter’s on the Hill, and the march itself. Attendees will also hear from Sister M. Karolyn, FSGM, vocations director for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr Saint George, who will speak about the theme for the march this year, “Together Strong: Life Unites.” She will discuss ways in which different fears can hold us back from uniting for this cause and for the Kingdom of God.

A block of rooms has been reserved at Crystal Gateway Marriott in D.C. Call to book at (703) 920-3230 and mention you are with Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Room rate is $129 per night.

“The March for Life is one of the most powerful experiences a young person can experience,” Cerveny said. “To join tens of thousands of joyful people from all corners of our country all marching not for themselves, but for the most vulnerable among us — the unborn — is uplifting and inspiring.”

“The two-day experience will be spiritually life giving and will transform hearts,” Sister Veritas said. “Participants will laugh, meet new friends, and leave Washington on fire for our faith and enthusiastic for promoting a culture of life.”

“I went to the March for Life so I can stand up for my belief that everyone deserves a chance at life,” Krista Phillips a student from Effingham said to Catholic Times last January. “My experience was truly amazing. I met so many new friends and was astonished by the amount of people who were standing up for their beliefs. I would definitely do it again.”

For questions, to register, and book the hotel room, go to at