Saint Mary Parishioners March for Life

Thousands of pro-life supporters marched in solidarity on Sunday afternoon at the annual March for Life Chicago. Among them were several Saint Mary Mokena parishioners, who braved the bitter Chicago cold to support the unborn.

An estimated 6,000 participants gathered in Federal Plaza amidst a sea of signs, posters and yellow pro-life balloons. Members of the Crusaders for Life organization provided a drum core, leading the youth in song and chant through the streets of downtown.

March for Life Chicago
An estimated 6,000 pro-life supporters attended the Chicago Pro-Life March on Sunday, January 14, many of whom were youth and young adults. Photo courtesy of March for Life Chicago.

“Although it was freezing outside, the righteousness of our cause, combined with the energy radiating from the thousands of fellow pro-life supporters, warmed our hearts and souls,” said twenty-six-year-old Michael McCague, one of the Saint Mary parishioners who attended.

He was joined by twenty-one-year-old Mary Pacek, who echoed the sentiment. “It was uplifting to see so many other young people with the same values marching together in solidarity,” she said. “I think the future of the movement looks bright.”

Saint Mary Mokena at Chicago march for life
From left: Saint Mary parishioners Mary Pacek, Michael McCague and Helen Pacek enjoy each other’s company at the Chicago March for Life. Photo courtesy of Mary Pacek

Also in attendance were members of “Ignite” Saint Mary Youth Ministry. “We are very thankful for all the prayers for our marchers, and for the sanctity of all life from conception to natural death” said Craig Mazur, Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation at Saint Mary.

"Ignite" Saint Mary Mokena Youth Ministry
Members of “Ignite” Saint Mary Youth Ministry pose for a photo at March for Life Chicago 2018. Photo courtesy of Craig Mazur.

Among the dozen speakers at the march were Cardinal Blase Cupich, Chicago Bears co-owner Pat McCaskey, a former Planned Parenthood director, and Relevant Radio’s Sheila Liaugminas.

“I want to applaud in a special way the young people who have joined us today,” said Cupich. “You give us confidence that the energy to protect the child in the womb has not grown weak over these 45 years [since Roe v. Wade], but is as youthful, strong and vibrant as you are.”

Cardinal Cupich Chicago March for Life
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago was among the keynote speakers at the March for Life Chicago event. Photo courtesy of March for Life Chicago.

Now in its 13th year, March for Life Chicago is patterned after the national March for Life, which has taken place annually in Washington DC since 1974.

For more information about March for Life Chicago, please visit


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