Pictured from left, Martha Nolan, Emily Ouillette, Christopher Burton, Julian Sanderson and Lara Milward walk through Holyoke as part of a pro-life cross-country protest walk. —Johnson Publications photo
Students walk for life through Holyoke on cross-country journey
The neon yellow T-shirts were hard to miss.
Answering a call to “go to the streets and evangelize” quite literally, college students from the Crossroads organization were seen walking through Holyoke Tuesday, June 27, on foot from San Francisco, California, to Washington, D.C., spreading their pro-life message.
“It’s not just abortion,” said Emily Ouillette, who came from Canada to join the walk. “It’s also about euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide and fighting the entire culture of death. Life should be approached with dignity and seen as sacred.”
Crossroads vice-president Martha Nolan, who was walking with the students, described the journey as a peaceful protest walk with the goal of simply starting conversations with the people they encounter. “We’re here to convert hearts and save lives,” she said.
Founded in 1995 by Steve Sanborn, then a student at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, Crossroads was launched in response to a call by St. John Paul II during World Youth Day in Denver in 1993 — that youth around the globe take an active role in the pro-life movement “to establish a culture of life.”
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