Young adults hit the road to take pro-life message across country

| Ana Franco-Guzman | July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The path for a group of young adult pro-lifers this summer is about 10,000 miles long.

That’s the collective mileage Crossroads walkers will complete by Aug. 11 or 12, walking from the West Coast to the nation’s capital.

The mission of Crossroads is to “witness to the dignity and sanctity of all human life, especially the unborn. So, we like to reach people at a very grassroots level and meet people where they are,” said walk leader Sydney Donovan, 25, who is from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Donovan, a two-time walker of Crossroads, spoke to Catholic News Service while leading the southernmost team across the nation.

Now based in Arlington, Virginia, Crossroads was founded in 1995 by Steve Sanborn, then a student at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. The now-international organization was launched in response to a call by St. John Paul II during World Youth Day in Denver in 1993 — that youth around the globe take an active role in the pro-life movement “to establish a culture of life.”

For several years, the organization has sponsored three simultaneous pro-life walks/pilgrimages across the United States; a fourth takes place in Canada. A fifth walk took place in Australia in January, and a sixth has started in Spain.

This year’s three U.S. walks — northern, central and southern — started May 21-22 in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively. The U.S. walkers will end their sojourn Aug. 11-12 in Washington, with a pro-life rally to take place Aug. 13.

The pro-lifers walk in pairs of two from sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday in a relay fashion. The pairs walk for about 3 miles, then other walkers in a “support van” get out and take their place.

On Saturdays, they pray outside an abortion clinic. On Sundays, they speak at a parish about their mission and ask for the congregation’s prayers and financial support, which is how they raise money along the way.

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a Crossroads group visited at least one parish, St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, while in the Twin Cities July 2-3.

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Category: Travel and Pilgrimages