Boston youth join thousands at the youth Mass and rally at Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center on the morning of the March for Life. Pilot photo/ Christine Williams
WASHINGTON — Full of vibrant enthusiasm, more than 100 Boston youth and their chaperones traveled to the nation’s capital acting as witnesses to hope on their trip to the March for Life Jan. 22.
In a personal greeting delivered to the youth at the rally and Mass prior to the march, Pope Benedict XVI called the young people’s witness “a radiant sign of hope for the future.” His message was read by apostolic nuncio Piero Sambi.
In addition to being hope for the future of the Church, youth are hope for the Church right now, said Father Matt Williams, director of the Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults. The newly created office folds into one the Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry offices. It also includes CYO, Scouting, high school priest chaplaincy and high school campus ministry.
Young people need to experience the fullness of life in the Catholic Church and know that the Church is counting on them, especially in matters of life and death like the pro-life movement, Father Williams said.
The archdiocese’s Youth Ministry, Pro-Life and Vocations offices have sponsored the March for Life trip for high schoolers for the past three years. The first trip, planned for 2005, was cancelled due to a blizzard. In 2006 and 2007, those attending filled two buses. This year, the marchers filled three buses, representing 10 Catholic schools and one parish.