Monks for Life

St. Benedict lived in a time when human life was under attack.  Rome had been sacked.  Barbarian armies had defeated the empire.  One invading Ostrogoth even met with St. Benedict, King Totila.  If you read The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization, by Bryan Ward-Perkins, Oxford University Press, you get a sense of the loss of human life that occurred before and during the life of our founder St. Benedict.  St. Benedict opposed the taking of innocent human life.  He wrote, “run while you have the light of life,” and this is what the Benedictine monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey are doing.  We are pro-life.  We are monks for life.

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After blessing almost 500 Benedictine College students, staff and faculty, Abbot James Albers, St. Benedict’s Abbey, joined them on the 23 hour bus ride to Washington, D.C., to lead the 2014 National March for Life.

The student leaders of Ravens Respect Life organize Benedictine College for the March for Life.  The first faculty adviser for this pro-life group at Benedictine College was Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB.  Abbot James Albers, OSB, helped found Ravens Respect Life during the time he was an undergraduate.   Abbot James also organized and lead the Benedictine College March for Life as a student.  Fr. Matthew and Abbot James are monks for life.

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Almost 500 students, faculty and staff, one college president, one Benedictine Abbot with Benedictine monks loaded 8 buses and boarded 1 plane for the 2014 National March for Life.

St. Benedict’s name means “blessing” in Latin.  Abbot James gave everyone a blessing before the 23 hour bus ride to our nation’s capital.

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Fr. Meinrad Miller, Novice Master, Fr. Jeremy Heppler, Prior, Fr. Brendan Rolling, College Chaplain, stand with junior and novice monks with the 8 buses and St. Benedict’s Abbey Church in the background.

Benedictine monks gathered as part of the send off for this historic number of monks and students.  This year we are proud to lead the National March for Life from the Washington Mall, up Constitution Avenue to the front steps of the United States Supreme Court.

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Benedictine monks lead the 2014 March for Life. Pictured in front of the United States Supreme Court are Abbot James Albers of St. Benedict’s Abbey with Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Steve Minnis, President of Benedictine College, David Trotter, Director for Mission and Ministry, and Kathryn Brown, President of Ravens Respect Life.

Just after this picture was taken, everyone gathered to pray a Rosary for an end to abortion, for mothers in crisis and for Jesus Christ to heal our broken nation.  St. Benedict, monk for life, pray for us.

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