Story and photos by LIZ QUIRIN
Some were marching for the first time, and others had marched in the frigid cold of Washington D.C., with thousands of others of like minds.
College students and retirees —about 120 in all — gathered Jan. 26 in Carbondale to witness their support for life by marching on the streets with signs that spoke their message.
The Jackson County Knights of Columbus councils sponsored the event for the second year, and they expect to continue to support the walk and expand it next year.
Those councils include Knights from Carbondale, the Newman Center and Murphysboro.
Father Leo Hayes stood among the students, the children, their parents and seniors as Father Larry Lemay, chaplain at the Newman Catholic Student Center offered prayers for life.
They included prayers for doctors, nurses and counselors who have cooperated with abortions that God will give them the courage to change and to “open their hearts to doing God’s will.”
Prayers were offered for mothers who are suffering from the loss of a child through abortion might find healing and hope in God’s love.
SIU student, Sarah Nelson of Vienna, participated in Sunday’s march after going to the national march in Washington, D.C.
The national march was “overwhelming,” she said. To see tens of thousands of people, all with the same attitude and beliefs in support of life confirmed her own beliefs.
Other students expressed those same attitudes. Nelson, president of the SIU pro-life group said she felt “called to go” to the national march.
Another student, Cassie Lybarger of Effingham, Ill., said: “I feel I should be here” at the local march.
Other activities were held in the diocese, with Clinton County Citizens for Life holding a march at the courthouse in Carlyle.