2017 March for Life Departure

Benedictine College Students Head for National March for Life

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2017

260 Benedictine College students gathered on a blustery winter afternoon in Kansas on January 25, prepared to face a 1,100-mile, 27-hour journey to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2017 March for Life. The College and its Ravens Respect Life student organization were proud to lead the March in 2014 and this is now the 32nd year they will participate. Each year, Benedictine College usually is the largest group traveling the greatest distance for the annual March.

In addition to attending the March, Benedictine College staff and the Ravens Respect Life group usually organize an expanded program, complete with a Mass at St. Peter’s Church in Washington, a Rosary in front of the Supreme Court building, and a gathering and Mass with other groups from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

The president of Benedictine College, Stephen D. Minnis, will also attend the March, along with Dr. Linda Henry, vice president of student life and Fr. Simon Baker, OSB, Benedictine’s chaplain, along with many other faculty and staff members.

The trip to the March first started with Benedictine students who were interacting with the Kansans for Life organization. Then the school’s Knights of Columbus chapter took the lead and was a major promoter of the event. The first few years saw a handful of students go, but the numbers began to grow.  In 1989, students at Benedictine College became so focused on right to life issues that they formed the Ravens Respect Life organization, using the name of the Benedictine College mascot.

In 2009, the Benedictine College presence attracted the attention of documentary film makers, who then featured Benedictine students in their film. “Thine Eyes: A Witness to the March for Life” was shot on location by a six-camera crew to share the spirit of the annual March. It has now been seen on national television on EWTN and in theaters across the country.

Read more about the thriving faith life on the Benedictine College campus.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.