Since its very foundation, Christendom has been staunchly and actively pro-life. From attending the annual March for Life, to raising money for the local pregnancy center, to participating in the college’s longest-standing club, Shield of Roses, Christendom students have time and time again taken action to defend the unborn.
The Pro-life club, Shield of Roses, began its 42nd year of ministry this year. Most Saturdays, students involved with the club attend 7:30 am Mass together to pray for an end to abortion and then travel to an abortion clinic in the DC area to prayerfully protest. Some students involved with this club are trained as sidewalk counselors and will intervene by offering resources to women who are entering the clinic. Participating in Shield of Roses is a powerful way for students to get involved in the pro-life movement.
“It’s easy to get complacent about the pro-life movement,” remarked Shield of Roses president Elizabeth Eller. “But we, as young people, are responsible for standing up against the evil of abortion, and Shield allows us to do just that.”
Once a semester, Shield of Roses organizes a Mega-Shield event, which draws a large number of students to come out and pray at the clinic. This event is an incredible testament to the pro-life cause and the power of prayer. The spring Mega-Shield event will be held in conjunction with Bishop Burbidge’s annual abortion protest. Christendom students will join members of the Diocese of Arlington for Mass and the rosary before prayerfully protesting the clinic.
Shield of Roses will also be hosting pro-life movie nights on campus. This week, the club will be showing the new movie “Unplanned,” which chronicles Abby Johnson’s conversion from a Planned Parenthood employee to a powerful pro-life activist. Before the movie, a director from Crossroads Pro-Life will speak to students.
Recently, Christendom students raised money for the Front Royal Pregnancy Center by participating in their annual Walk For Life. Christendom alumnae founded the pregnancy center in 1991, and it has been a great help to mothers in the local community. Students raised over $1,500 for the Front Royal Pregnancy Center by participating in the walk.