State Bus to March for Life 18

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jan 25, 2018 3:30 AM

On Thursday January 18 a group of hearty pilgrims joined the Michigan State Officers for the annual bus trip to the March for Life in Washington D.C.

 Fr Bill Turner 2

Although our State Chaplain, the Very Reverend William Turner was unable to join the venture this year he was able to give us a blessing before we left Chelsea.


Our hosts State Culture of Life Couple Tim and Cindy Donovan did their best to make the long overnight bus ride as comfortable as possible.

Tim Cindy SD on bus

 The State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink thanked Cindy and Tim for all the time they spent organizing this wonderful trip. He also thanked all the participants for their dedication to the Pro-Life cause.

St Officers at Basilica  Bishop Burns 

We arrived Friday at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in time to join hundreds of other pilgrims from around the country for Mass at 7:30 with Bishop Edward Burns of Dallas as the principle celebrant and homilist.  

Then it was off to the National Mall for speakers and the main event ot the trip,

the March for Life.


You never know who you may run into at the March. Republican National Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel and several seminarians from Sacred Heart in Detroit saw our Michgan Banner and came over to say hello.

march sign with kids

Energy from all the young people before, during and after the march kept the event exciting.

Friday evening and Saturday were left for sightseeing in our capitol. We all met up again at the St. John Paul II National Shrine on Saturday afternoon. Time was spent touring the museum before Mass in the Chapel which is hosting a first-class relic.

group at JPII

mass at JPII

We were blessed to have several clergy in our group this year. Archdiocese Chaplain Fr. Paul Ballien, Deacon Wayne Slomiany and Deacon Bryan Root made the trip with us. It was very pleasant to have them take turns leading us in the Rosary every day we were traveling. Fr. Paul had to leave us on Saturday morning, but both Deacon Wayne and Deacon Bryan had the opportunity to assist at Mass celbrated by former military chaplain Fr. Aidan Logan currently serving as  Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Military Services.

The trip home was as uneventful as the trip over. The warm weather made traveling a pleasure.

If you have not made the excursion to the March for Life you should consider joining us next year which already is in the planning stages. Watch the website for info later this year.

To view the Suprme article commenting on this years March click on the picture of  Supreme Knight Carl Anderson with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at the March for Life Rally .

SK Anderson - Sen Ryan