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Monday, January 14, 2013 10:16 AM


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DEFIANCE — Defiance County Courthouse will be the starting point for the annual March for Life, sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life. It will be held Jan. 22 which is the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision in Roe vs Wade.

Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s Catholic Church at 8 a.m. with Father Randy Giesige as celebrant. Following the Mass, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction at 5 p.m.


The march will start at  the front of the courthouse at noon. Rick Small will serve as master of ceremonies. Father Stephen Stanbery, pastor of Sacred Heart in New Bavaria, St. Mary’s Holgate Catholic Churches, will start with prayer then speak about positive and negative little vignettes on pro life issues. Then Andrew Reinhart, Theology of the Body Advocate president will speak about the connection between contraception and abortion with  theology of the body and pro life issues.


A police escort will lead marchers to the Defiance Eagles where Bruce Gamiere, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, of Council 1039, will speak about how the Knights of Columbus stand up for pro life and pro woman in building up a culture of life from conception to natural death. Then Holy Cross Catholic School will give a presentation for life.  Peggy Ward, advisor for the Fostoria Teens for Life, will talk about challenges of being pro life in today’s society and living pro-life beliefs. Prayer will be lead by Rick Small at the monument of the unborn then the march will end in the basement of St. John’s where Joan Canning, co-regional coordinator for Silent No More Awareness Campaign for NWO Foundation for Life, will share her testimony of regret, despair and healing after an abortion.

Joy Shakur, who is program director of Family Connections joined with birth Moms, will speak on the “win” with the child, the birth Mom and the adoptive couples in adoption. Then Jim Zipfel will provide special music. Colleen Phillips, president of Henry County right to Life will speak about listening to what God wants even though we are scared and ridiculed.  Pastor Tim Yazel, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church will speak from II Samuel about hanging in there where faithfulness will not be unnoticed and be rewarded, then end in prayer.

Following the march, all are welcome to stay for hot chocolate.

Pictured:  Bruce Gamiere, left, Grand Knight of Council 1039 and Pastor Tim Yazel, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Defiance.


Last Updated on Monday, January 14, 2013 11:42 AM

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