On Friday, November 9th, a group of over 100 individuals in Milwaukee, including many young adults and families, joined in deep and beautiful prayer for an end to abortion. This pro-life event was the idea of St. Francis de Sales seminarian Andrew Linn who planned and organized the evening with the help of his brother seminarians.
|Andrew Linn leading us in prayer|
|Fr. Luke and Fr. Glenn|
The event began downtown at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, where everyone gathered and then processed to the Women's Care Center on Farwell Avenue while praying the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.
Fr. Luke Strand, Fr. Kevin McManaman, Fr. Glenn Powers and Fr. Quinn Mann from Green Bay, along with seminarian John Baumgardner, each took turns leading the rosary. The seminarians wrote beautiful Gospel meditations for each of the sorrowful mysteries which very fittingly intensified our prayer as we reflected upon the sufferings of our Lord. When we arrived at the Women's Care Center we were greeted by staff member Sharon Hudy who prayed with us and invited us inside for a tour of the beautiful and welcoming facility and for some refreshments.
On the way back to the Cathedral we were guided by a police escort as we prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet and then over 100 voices joined in song including The Salve Regina, Immaculate Mary, and Holy God we Praise Thy Name. When we returned to the Cathedral atrium we enjoyed coffee and cookies and everyone had a chance to visit with one another, coming to know our fabulous seminarians a little bit better. Andrew Linn gave out free copies of St. Louis de Montfort's powerful book The Secret of the Rosary, to anyone who wanted one. It was an amazing evening and it makes me so proud to be a Catholic in Milwaukee and to be able to take part in such wonderful prayer events such as this! How blessed we are to enjoy a peaceful and prayerful public event like this where we can share our faith in the open, praying for the end of the tragedy of abortion and increase awareness and support for antidotes to the culture of death such as the Women's Care Center!
Everyone who attended the event had a wonderful time and were very grateful to have the opportunity to attend. Dan Miller, who coordinates 40 Days for Life in Milwaukee had this to say: "Thank you, Andrew, and all the seminarians for answering God's call to the priesthood. This was awesome on many levels - but for me - it was a great moment to meet the future priests of this Archdiocese. It's hard for the lay faithful to connect with you guys - because you are so busy - so thanks for sharing an evening with us. Know that we are praying for all of you - every day."
Participant Amy Rindfleish commented, "Walking back under the trees lit up by streetlight while beautiful voices rang out Salve Regina felt like a piece of heaven!" And high school student Kenny Urlakis added: "Thanks y'all for being martyrs in the truest sense of the word. "Witnesses." Witnesses to the Sanctity of Life!" Other voices echoed the praise calling the evening "beautiful, amazing and a great experience."
Andrew Linn plans to repeat the Pro-life Rosary with the Seminarians this coming Lent and he offers these words of gratitude:
|Baby Charlie and John, his proud dad|