March for Life high school pilgrims from diocese tell of ‘life changing’ experience

The center spread of the Feb. 2 issue of The Catholic Post included photos and brief comments from diocesan Catholic high school pilgrims to the Jan. 24 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Some of the young pro-life pilgrims share their experience in greater detail below.

By plane, metro trains, buses, and some very crowded automobiles, hundreds of pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Jan. 24 March for Life and related events. Among them were contingents from five Catholic high schools in the diocese — Peoria Notre Dame, Central Catholic in Bloomington, […]

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“Unplanned” (Pure Flix)

Ashley Bratcher, who plays Abby Johnson, is pictured in a scene from the movie "Unplanned," the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, and her decision to join the pro-life movement. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/

By Catholic News Service Hard-hitting, fact-based drama adapted from a memoir by Abby Johnson. During her rise to become one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the country, Johnson (Ashley Bratcher) gradually becomes uneasy about the organization’s marketing of abortion, a process of conversion that reaches a dramatic climax when she is asked […]

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Bishop Jenky leads prayers that ‘Gospel of Life with have victory in our time’

As the Mass for the Legal Protection of the Unborn began Jan. 25, a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the unborn, was carried down the main aisle of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria by Aaron Rapp of St. Joseph Catholic Newman Center in Peoria, and Kevin Ellis, Will Gustafson and Sam Menacher of St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In the midst of all the activity that surrounds the anniversary of Roe v. Wade each January, respect life advocates took time to pray quietly before the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and ask God for healing, forgiveness and the legal protection of unborn children. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated Mass […]

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Impact of ultrasound is topic of pro-life song by ‘Post’ columnist Paul Moore

A screen grab from "What I Saw," the new song and video by Paul Thomas Moore.

Paul Thomas Moore, new columnist for The Catholic Post and a member of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills, has released a music video of an original song “to emphasize the humanity of the unborn, as revealed through the miracle of ultrasound.” Called “What I Saw,” it is a song story about a […]

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Despite snow, diocese’s enthusiastic presence seen at March for Life Chicago

Jacob Hopper, Kevin Ellis, Sam Menacher and Chase Stevens of the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal carry the banner for the Diocese of Peoria during March for Life Chicago on Jan. 13. It says, “Life Plays in Peoria.” (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — Respect life advocates of all ages proved that it takes more than a snow storm to keep them from standing up for the unborn when they gathered for March for Life Chicago last Sunday. The enthusiastic rally in Federal Plaza and walk through downtown Chicago proceeded, despite the storm on Jan. 12 that […]

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Francesca Sanderson of Ottawa to serve as a pro-life campus mentor at Loyola

Francesca Sanderson

OTTAWA — Chicago may be outside Francesca Sanderson’s comfort zone, but giving college students a better understanding of the sanctity of life at all stages isn’t. That’s why she is preparing to serve as a campus mentor for weDignify at Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus, starting in August. Formerly known as Students for Life of Illinois, […]

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Nearly 250 high school students from diocese among March for Life throng

The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign sent 28 students to Washington, D.C. Here they hold a Sabers for Life banner on the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Provided photo)

Whether they got there by bus or by air, the nearly 250 high school students from the Diocese of Peoria were in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19 to walk. And pray. “I wanted to go on the March for Life in order to stand up for the dignity of each and every human life, both […]

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‘Gospel of Life will always win,’ bishop tells pro-life advocates at cathedral

A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, long a symbol of the pro-life movement, is carried into St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria in this photo from a previous Mass for the Legal Protection of the Unborn. This year's Mass and Holy Hour is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In word, song and an extended period of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, pro-life advocates joined Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria to lift up human life and dignity and gather the strength they needed to keep doing it. As he greeted them before Mass on Jan. 24, Bishop Jenky […]

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‘Bella’ producer Jason Jones tells Sanctity of Human Life Rally ‘we are so close’

Little Alexis Ryken of Pekin is taking her first pro-life walk around the Federal Courthouse in Peoria in the arms of her big sister Ashly. The walk preceded the Sanctity of Human Life Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life on Jan. 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jason Jones didn’t know abortion was legal when he found out he was going to be a father two days shy of his 17th birthday. Once the shock of the unplanned pregnancy passed, he made plans with his girlfriend, Katie, and started thinking about what he wanted to give this child. That dream was cut […]

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Pro-life events in January include evening with bishop at cathedral Jan. 24

In addition to pro-life events such as marches and Masses, the U.S. Catholic bishops invite all to take part in 9 Days for Life, a digital pilgrimage of prayer and charitable action Jan. 18-26. To downoad the novena, sign up for daily emails, or for more information, visit

Noting that January is filled with events to pray for an end to abortion and stand up in defense of life, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is asking people to join him at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Jan. 24, for an evening of “prayer, penance and pilgrimage.” It will begin with Mass […]

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