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Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

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Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Marian University Students in Washington, D.C. for the Annual March for Life

by Katie Bradley | Jan 21, 2014



More than 86 Marian University students attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2014.

Students left Marian University on Monday, January 20. After some sight-seeing and attending march-related programs, the students will join hundreds of thousands of others in the largest peaceful pro-life demonstration in the world. 

“The majority of those who attend the March for Life are youth and young adults, individuals of my generation. It is important that we continue to spread the word to all that we are a generation of life, showing that all people are masterpieces of God's creation and are all deserving of love and respect. In doing things like participating in the March for Life and taking a stance on issues contrary to life, individuals of my generation can actively do their part in working to end abortion in our world today,”  said Marian University sophomore Molly Gerth, one of the organizers of this trip.

The first March for Life happened on January 22, 1974 when 20,000 people rallied on the west steps of the nation’s capital in response to the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Since, it has rapidly grown to be the largest pro-life event in the world.

“Students’ attendance at the March for Life is yet another sign of how Marian University lives out its Catholic and Franciscan identity.  Peacefully marching on behalf of society’s most vulnerable is a very clear way that our students can demonstrate and uphold one of our core Franciscan sponsorship value of “dignity of the individual,’” said Mark Erdosy, executive director of the San Damiano Scholars Program at Marian University.

The March for Life begins with a rally at the National Mall at noon. From there, protestors will travel up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill. Marian University students and faculty have participated in the March for Life for more than 20 years.    

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