In one week, the Joliet Diocese will once again lead the largest contingent of parishioners in the Chicagoland area at the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. on January 27th. 200 parishioners from the Diocese will be making the trip, including 56 JCA students and seven adults from the JCA community. The 63 members of the Joliet Catholic Academy, the largest community attending within the Diocese, are led by JCA theology teacher and Respect Life Club moderator Mr. Jeremy Hylka.
The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year (March for Life) bring(s) together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming (www.marchforlife.org).
Hylka said, “Each January our nation unites as one, praying for an end to abortion, protecting the sanctity and dignity of all human life. Our teens at Joliet Catholic Academy realize that their voice is important, regardless of how old they are. We must all be the voice for the voiceless and show our nation that America is pro-life. The March for Life demonstrates that people of every color, religion and background stand together to try to end this horrific holocaust that continues to occur on our soil. To see the youth of Joliet Catholic Academy come together to support life, along with over a half of a million other Americans, is truly a remarkable and incredible experience. As a theology teacher and Respect Life Club moderator, but even more so as a disciple of Christ, it brings so much joy to my heart watching these kids stand for something as important as abortion”.