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A Seminarian's Experience at the March for Life Chicago 2018

  Pictured: Cardinal Blase Cupich from the Archdiocese of Chicago speaks to the crowd at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago.

Pictured: Cardinal Blase Cupich from the Archdiocese of Chicago speaks to the crowd at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago.

By Andres Tejeda

I, along with 9 other seminarians from St. Joseph College Seminary, attended the Chicago March for Life 2018. This year's march was the largest in the Midwest with over 6,000 people in attendance, according to the press release by the March for Life Chicago. The event started with a group gathering at Federal Plaza. We listened to several distinguished speakers including our Archbishop Blase Cupich, Bishop Don Hying from the Diocese of Gary and Pat McCaskey, Co-Owner of the Chicago Bears. After the speeches, we lined up on the street to walk a mile around the city of Chicago and back to Federal Plaza.

I felt it was important for me to be there because I personally believe that every human has a right to life. The idea that someone can choose whether another individual can live is not only wrong, it is unethical and immoral. As expected, since the March for Life Pro-Life organization was present, so, too, followed a counter-protest by those who identify as Pro-Choice. It made our large presence even more important in order to show that we care and believe that it is a human right to live.

This was my first time attending the March for Life as a seminarian. I have attended before through my association with the Respect Life Ministries for the Archdiocese. But attending the march as a seminarian had a different appeal to it. I don't see myself as someone who merely supports and agrees with the Pro-Life movement, but as a true advocate for their message. I could potentially become a community leader of faith -- and this is something that the Catholic Church holds as a very important topic. Human life is a gift by God given to each and every single one of us. We need to defend those of us who can not defend themselves.