Pro-Life on Campus: Friars Inspire College Students to Defend the Unborn
By Blackfriars Staff
Each year, college students from campuses where friars serve make the journey to Washington, DC, to march in defense of innocent life under the Dominican banner.
Grace Berning, president of PC (Providence College) for Life credits the Dominicans with helping her find the moral courage to stand up for Catholic teaching. “The Dominicans made me realize that this is the truth and this is what life is all about. This is why God put me on this earth,” Grace says of her pro-life efforts.
According to Grace, respect for life is on the rise among her peers. “It’s more common than we think that youth are pro-life. There’s been a shift in this generation, Gen Z. We are respecting life more and more.” Publicly voicing pro-life views comes at a cost however.
“I’ve lost a lot of friends because of it, but they weren’t true friends if they don’t respect my opinions and my view of life. My popularity doesn’t matter because I know this is the truth,” Grace says.
Fr. John Baptist Hoang, O.P., marched with a group of students from New York University, where he is the Catholic chaplain. “It’s hard to be Catholic at NYU. It’s a hostile environment for Catholicism. But we do have a great community that supports each other in the Catholic life.”
According to Fr. John Baptist, participating in the March for Life helps students grow as Christians. “It’s a great teaching moment for these students who are still young and need to learn how to be witnesses to the faith.”
When asked what draws students to Dominican-led programs on campus, Fr. John Baptist cites the Friars’ commitment to study. “They love our intellectual life, that we’re serious about the truth. They see on their campuses that the culture has gone haywire, and to find a font of truth—that’s a refuge.”