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Over 200 students from Virginia Catholic college pray outside D.C. abortion facility
LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 29, 2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski

Posted on 10/29/2012 8:39:45 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM

Over 200 students from Virginia Catholic college pray outside D.C. abortion facility

by Thaddeus Baklinski

Mon Oct 29 12:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON, DC, October 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Shield of Roses, the student pro-life group at Virginia’s Christendom College, held its biggest abortion protest in the 35 years of its existence this past Saturday.

On October 27, over 225 students, faculty, staff, and visitors traveled to Washington, D.C., to peacefully protest abortion at the Planned Parenthood clinic, located just north of the White House, on 16th Street.

“I am so happy that we were able to get so many to come out for this event,” said President of Shield of Roses, college senior Chris Roberts. “It’s a real sacrifice to wake up so early on a Saturday morning and travel to D.C., but the babies are worth it.”

Christendom’s Shield of Roses pro-life group has been organizing prayerful pro-life protests since 1977, the first year of the college’s existence. In the 1980s and 1990s, the students targeted an abortion clinic in Falls Church, Virginia. For the past 12 years, the group has focused on the Planned Parenthood clinic in D.C.

The group protests at this same clinic each Saturday morning during the academic year, but normally only around 20 students make the trek into D.C. on a weekly basis.

Once a semester, however, Shield of Roses leadership organizes what it calls a “Mega Shield” event and encourages as many of the members of the College community as possible to participate. Last year, Mega Shield events drew as many as 100 students, and prior years saw up to 200 participants.

Students wake up early on “Mega Shield” Saturdays to attend the 7:30 a.m. Mass, after which they load into private vehicles and college vans for the 75 mile drive to Washington. They arrive at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility at around 9:30 a.m. where they kneel on the grass in front of the clinic and pray four rosaries and a Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as well as sing some Marian hymns, before heading back to the college campus in Front Royal.

In 2010, Shield of Roses organizers found that this particular Planned Parenthood facility had erected a fence blocking access to the public lawn in an effort to deter the protesting students from standing and kneeling on the grassy area.

Later that year, research by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) determined that the grassy area and sidewalk in front of the building are public property, to which Planned Parenthood no right to restrict access.

As a result, students are now able to kneel and pray on the public lawn again.

Tom McFadden, Christendom’s Director of Admissions, told LifeSiteNews that the Mega Shield event is “a great opportunity for students, who may never have seen the face of abortion, to participate in a prayerful gathering to promote the culture of life.”

The students of Christendom College are active in pro-life work year round, from prayerful protests to volunteering at a pregnancy center and working for pro-life candidates. Every year, Christendom cancels classes the day of the March for Life in D.C. and the entire student body enthusiastically attends.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortuary; catholiccolleges; christendomcollege; generationy; plannedparenthood; virginia

1 posted on 10/29/2012 8:39:51 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: TeĆ³filo; surroundedbyblue

Recognize that fine looking young man on the left?

;-)


2 posted on 10/29/2012 8:42:17 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Let me give FReepers some perspective on this experience.

These young people are NOT just standing in front of a building, praying.

They are witnessing at least one woman every 5 minutes, entering that facility to have her baby killed.

After you’ve been there for about 20 minutes, that profound fact sinks in, and you begin to realize what you’re praying for.

In fact, at most of these facilities, at various points during the week, there are “more aggressive” rescue efforts underway.
People will make contact with the woman and persuade her to save her baby.
How often?
1 in 100?
1 in 200?
Is it worth it?
A lady here in Denver, had a successful rescue a while back.
This weekend, that rescued child and her 3 siblings, came with their mother, over to this lady’s house for a sleep over.


3 posted on 10/29/2012 9:03:08 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

THIS is one of the many faces of TRUE HOPE. God bless all of these wonderful children (hey, I’m old).

I admire their stand!


4 posted on 10/29/2012 9:08:29 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: austinaero

Amen. (The young man on the left in the photo is my oldest son, a sophomore at Christendom College. He hopes to join the Norbertine order of priests in Silverado CA next fall.)


5 posted on 10/29/2012 9:12:34 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

You must, and should be, very proud. Interested in adopting a teenager? ;)


6 posted on 10/29/2012 10:56:20 PM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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7 posted on 10/30/2012 4:31:02 AM PDT by randita
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Beautiful. What a blessing. May the Lord multiply their efforts and keep them safe.


8 posted on 10/30/2012 4:40:08 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Beautiful. What a blessing. May the Lord multiply their efforts and keep them safe.


9 posted on 10/30/2012 4:51:44 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
I know that you have to be extremely proud of him. May God bless him and keep him strong in his faith, faithful in his commitment and true to God's message.

One of my closest friends is a semi-retired Catholic priest who lives 4 doors down the street from me. Father John is a true blessing in my life. I pray that all who come into contact with your son have the same experience.

10 posted on 10/30/2012 5:28:10 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

What great, courageous kids...


11 posted on 10/30/2012 6:27:21 AM PDT by matginzac (Nici)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
The poor, brave, young men and women are now tagged as terrorists by Napolitano's gestapo.

Meanwhile the WH hires actual terrorists to undermine America.

12 posted on 10/30/2012 6:33:14 AM PDT by Sirius Lee
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