STEUBENVILLE, OH — On the eve of the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case legalizing abortion, all are encouraged to attend a Holy Hour for Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville on January 21, 2009. The holy hour is from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel and is sponsored by Students for Life.
The holy hour commences the overnight departure of 350 students on 7 buses for the March for Life in Washington, D.C. An estimated 400 additional students, alumni, and friends of the University are expected to join them on January 22, under the Franciscan University banner. Every year this Franciscan contingent is one of the largest at the March for Life.
Before the march, students will participate in Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
“Franciscan University is very pro-life and since the mission of the school is education, our main focus on campus is educating students about the pro-life movement and how they can be pro-life,” says Students for Life Vice President Emily Espinola. “Yet we’re not just about staying here, but carrying the prolife movement outside of campus, where our role is evangelization.”
The group’s ongoing activities include prayer ministry outside abortion clinics four days a week, training sidewalk counselors, hosting prominent speakers and educational talks on campus, and connecting with students from other universities and colleges to train them as pro-life leaders in their communities. Once a year, the Students for Life Coffeehouse raises over $1,000 to donate to AIM Women’s Center, a Steubenville pregnancy help center.