Local Catholics march in Topeka
A delegation of dedicated adults and high school youth departed the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe parking lot at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, to travel to Topeka for the Kansans for Life Pro-Life Rally and March.
The group braved the harsh Kansas winds and snow and arrived at the Topeka Performing Arts Center to participate in the Mass prior to the march and rally.
Immediately following Mass, the group took a stand with thousands of other adults and youth from across the state in the March which ended on the Capitol steps.
After lunch, the group returned to the Capitol for a tour and to listen to speaker Melissa Ohden. After a stop in Salina for the evening meal, the group returned to Dodge City at 10:30 p.m.
Parishes sending youth to represent the Diocese of Dodge City included St. Anthony of Padua in Liberal, St. Alphonsus in Satanta and Prince of Peace in Great Bend.
“I am always amazed at the dedication of our youth from the far southwest reaches of our diocese for getting up so early to catch the bus at 5:30 a.m.” said trip organizer Gayla Kirmer. “They represented our diocese well and they all came away with a much deeper appreciation for the protection of the lives of the innocent children in the womb and for the protection of all life from conception to the end of life.
“The youth of our diocese are the future voters for our state. Through this trip, my hope is that it instills in them the responsibility of that privilege for the sacredness of life. Thank you to the youth and the sponsors for making this year’s trip such a success.”
Melissa Ohden, who survived an abortion and was adopted, spoke at the rally. “Today, we are here, unfortunately, to acknowledge such a somber occasion, but at the same time we are here to celebrate the legacy of life that we are all a part of,” Ohden said.
Because there have been 17,000 fewer abortions during the years of Sam Brownback’s governorship, 17 children each presented him with a red rose during the rally. Brownback has been a strong supporter of pro-life legislation and has signed every pro-life bill that came to his desk.