Friday, March 31, 2017

Young, Involved And Devoted To A Great Cause!

The Office for Life and Family of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host its annual “High School Spring Respect Life Rally” for students in grades 9 through 12. Over 300 local Archdiocesan and Private Catholic high school students are expected to take part. The theme of this year’s spring rally will be “Leaders for Life.” 

The event is meant to build upon pro-life activities many Catholic students take part in throughout the school year including the national March for Life rally held in Washington, D.C. each January, which commemorates the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, by the Supreme Court. The day-long program will be run by Joseph Aquilante, Department Chair of the Theology Department at Bishop Shanahan High School (Chester County) and members of The Culture Project International.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Neumann University
The Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014 (Delaware County)

At approximately, 10:00 a.m. the keynote will be delivered by Karen Gaffney. Ms. Gaffney is a nationally renowned presenter and is the President of a non-profit organization, The Karen Gaffney Foundation, which “is dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, communities and the workplace for people with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities.” Ms. Gaffney is also a long distance open water swimmer and the first person with Down Syndrome to deliver a TED talk.

The Culture Project International is an initiative of young people who restore culture through the experience of virtue. They proclaim the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexual integrity, inviting our culture to become fully alive. Members of its team make a commitment of at least one year of their life to enter into a program in which they themselves live and pray in community, receive formation and also are sent out on mission nationally and internationally. They give presentations to youth about the dignity of the human person and about sexual integrity.

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