Diocesan students participate in 2015 national March for Life

Jim Wogan News


Students from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga attend the 2015 March for Life in Washington, DC.


The massive March for Life in Washington, DC is getting a boost from students across the Diocese of Knoxville.

Bradford Bosarge, director of campus ministry at Knoxville Catholic High School, says 75 students and chaperones arrived in the nation’s capital on Wednesday night.

“I hope this helps our students see the value and dignity of life from conception to natural death,” Mr. Bosarge said in a phone call before Mass at George Washington University on Thursday morning.

“I also hope this helps our students see that the Church can inspire people to do more and spark conversation and faith,” he added.

Around 50 students and chaperones  from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga are also at the rally.

The March for Life, a pro-life march to the National Mall, has attracted hundreds of thousands of participants protesting the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. This year’s march comes on the 42 anniversary of the Supreme Court decision—Jan. 22, 1973.

For some of the Knoxville Catholic students, this is their first trip to Washington.


Students from Knoxville Catholic High School participate in the March for Life in Washington, DC on Jan. 22.

“It’s amazing, there are so many good people trying to lay witness to life,” said Mr. Bosarge.

“We’re at a rally right now with so many amazing and spiritual people—priests and bishops. It is incredible to see how many people show up at one time and in one place to recognize the value of life,” he added.

After attending Mass, the Knoxville Catholic students will participate in the march. They will spend Friday touring some of the monuments in Washington.

“We hope to visit places tied to the cause of life, places like the Lincoln Memorial,” Mr. Bosarge said.

The acommodations are far from luxurious. The students have spent their nights sleeping on the floor at a local high school gymnasium, but the effort has been worth it.

“It’s uplifting and it’s very inspiring, for a good reason,” Mr. Bosarge said in a whisper—just as Mass was about to begin.