Next Monday afternoon, I should be getting on a bus to head down to Annapolis for the Maryland March for Life. This would be the first time I’ve attended the state march here in Maryland. The program is pretty straightforward with Catholic Mass and a nondenominational service at St. Mary’s then a march down Main Street to the Statehouse and a rally at Lawyers Mall. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Archdiocese of Baltimore is the celebrant of the the Catholic Mass while Pastor Lisa Yerby-Bryson of St. Abraham Church is presiding over the non-denominational service. Speakers at the rally include Tracey Tiernan of 95.1 Shine FM and Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation. The services are at 5:15 p.m. The march is at 6:30 and the rally at 7.
Ryan is a great speaker. I’ve seen him speak multiple times before. I’ve worked with him on a video project a former employer of mine hired him to do and I’ve followed his video projects for the past few years. He has a great personal story that he brings to his speeches and presentations:
Ryan has a rather unique perspective of the innate nature of Purpose. His biological mother was raped yet courageously chose to continue the pregnancy, giving him Life. He was adopted as a baby and grew up in a loving, multi-racial Christian family of 15. With siblings of varying ethnicities, he grew up with a great appreciation for diversity. Ten of the thirteen children were adopted in this remarkable family. His life defies the myth of the “unwanted” child as he was adopted, loved and has flourished.
Here’s one of the Radiance Foundation’s videos – “Number One Killer” – that’s part of TooManyAborted.com.
After the rally, there will be a chance to go to the Statehouse and talk to legislators before returning to St. Mary’s for fellowship (with free Chick-Fil-A) and a pro-life resource fair.
From a Maryland March for Life document on the history of the event:
In 1979 Art Sawyer began a tradition in Annapolis by hosting a yearly march to the State House to
redress the State of Maryland’s stance on the issue of abortion. For years Art worked tirelessly to
promote a culture of life in Maryland. After over 30 years the Maryland March for Life has grown to
dozens of organizations, churches, and schools. It has become a centerpiece of the pro-life movement and
has grown from a rally to a full social and religious event where pro-lifers from around the state can work
together toward a common cause.
Past speakers have included Alan Keyes, Steve Peroutka, Andy Harris, David Bereit, and Matt Birk.
Here’s what happens at the March from a FAQ:
The march begins at St. Mary’s in Annapolis with religious services in both Catholic and Protestant
denominations. The marchers then gather together to march up Main Street to the State House. At the
State House marchers rally with pro-life speakers and special guests to excite and educate marchers as to
the direction the session will take this year. Immediately following the rally marchers proceed to the state
house to attend a regular session of the state legislature to show support for pro-life lawmakers. Finally,
marchers are invited back to St. Mary’s for an informal reception to meet and socialize with other pro-life
marchers, organizations, and legislators.
Here’s a flier for this year’s event:
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.