Students Lead the Way at Walk for Life 2014
After the close of classes on Friday, January 24, more than 200 Thomas Aquinas College students met up in a campus parking lot to begin their pilgrimage to San Francisco and the 10th annual Walk for Life West Coast. They prayed together, received a blessing from Head Chaplain Rev. Joseph Illo, and listened to last-minute instructions before boarding three buses and numerous cars for the voyage north.
The next morning, the College’s students helped lead the way through the streets of San Francisco. Many took on volunteer positions in the Walk, directing traffic and crowds as needed. All prayed, sang, and peacefully called for an end to abortion alongside more than 50,000 fellow walkers.
That call was heard far beyond the city’s limits. Both before and after the Walk, Thomas Aquinas College students were featured extensively in media coverage of the Walk, including ABC News, From the Median Radio (part 1 and part 2), and the Cardinal Newman Society. “We’re witnessing in the streets as Christ, as John Paul II, as many of the saints have called us to do,” said senior Sarah Dufresne on a radio interview. “We are witnessing to the Culture of Life.”
- Fr. Illo’s Homily in Advance of the Walk for Life
- Fr. Illo’s Homily After the Walk
- Audio: Sarah Dufresne (’14) on From the Media Radio
- Video: College’s Students Featured in ABC Coverage of Walk for Life
- Cardinal Newman Society: “Walk for Life on West Coast ‘No Picnic’”
- Audio: Zachary Reynolds (’14) on From the Median Radio
“If you come to the College with any spark of faith at all, it’s fanned into flames. That’s certainly what happened to me.”
– Dr. Jean Rioux (’82)
Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Benedictine College
“I was moved and edified by your remarkable fidelity to St. Thomas Aquinas. Your academic program proposes an original way of training men and women capable of reading, thinking and interpreting tradition correctly.”
– Marc Cardinal Ouellet
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops