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Pro-life walkers visit Spokane parishes
the Inland Register
(From the June 14, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
“Crossroads Walk for Life” visited Spokane last month. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)
In what has become a predictable and welcome rite of spring, 12 college-age young people from around the country made their way – some on foot – to Spokane over Memorial Day weekend to share their pro-life message.
The Crossroads Walk for Life stopped at St. Anthony, St. Peter and Sacred Heart parishes the weekend of May 26-27 before hitting the road eastward, into Idaho and Montana.
Theirs is the northernmost of three simultaneous walks which began in Seattle on May 19 and will end in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 10. The walkers from all three routes will then join for a pro-life rally in the nation’s capital on Aug. 11.
As part of their witness, the walkers wear t-shirts with giant “PRO-LIFE” lettering as they walk and pray. According to the organization’s web site, the young people are “Walking across America to save the unborn.” The entire 3,200 miles of the trip will be walked by the participants, with each day broken up into shifts and each walker personally covering about 1,000 miles on foot. Support vehicles are always nearby.
The walk is scheduled so that on Saturdays, participants can pray at or near abortion clinics, such as Planned Parenthood in Spokane.
One of this year’s northern-route walkers is a veteran, but the others are all new to the journey.
Tim Semler, from Houston, Texas, will be a sophomore at Franciscan University in Steuben-ville, Ohio in the fall, where he is studying communication arts and philosophy. He reported that even though it is still early in the summer-long walk, “everyone’s having a really positive experience.”
“Every day, it’s putting a lot of trust in God … and it always works one way or the other,” said Semler. He pointed to “amazing responses” from parishioners along the way, too.