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Slideshows: Students Lead the Way at Walk for Life 2015

Slideshows: Students Lead the Way at Walk for Life 2015

Posted: January 26, 2015

After the close of classes on Friday, January 23, more than 200 Thomas Aquinas College students departed for San Francisco and the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast. They arrived late in the night at Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco’s Little Italy, where the Salesian fathers graciously offered them a place to sleep in the parish’s two gymnasia. The next morning, they attended Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral with the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, before heading over to the Civic Center Plaza for the Walk.

  • Walk for Life 2015
    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
  • Walk for Life 2015
    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
  • Walk for Life 2015
    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
  • Walk for Life 2015
    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
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    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015
  • Walk for Life 2015
    Slideshow: Walk for Life 2015

At the request of the Walk’s organizers, the College’s students once again took on volunteer positions, directing traffic and crowds, as they helped lead the way through the streets of San Francisco. All prayed, sang, and peacefully called for an end to abortion alongside more than 50,000 fellow walkers.

That evening, a good friend of the College — Rev. Joseph Illo, a former chaplain who left at the end of last year to form an oratory at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church — offered Mass for the students and then hosted them to a barbeque dinner:

  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo
  • Walk for Life 2015 -- Father Illo
    Slideshow: Walk for Life Visit with Fr. Illo

On Sunday morning, the students made the 550-mile trip back to campus, tired, but grateful for the opportunity to bear witness to the Culture of Life.