Members of the Diocese of Superior gather outside the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. the day before the March for Life. (Submitted photo/Cathedral of Christ the King Facebook photo)

Jenny Snarski
Catholic Herald staff

For the first time, the Diocese of Superior organized its own trip to participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15-20.

Seventy-five teens and chaperones, accompanied by Frs. John Anderson and Gerard Willger, formed the group that converged to leave from Rice Lake. The year before, only 28 people attended the pilgrimage, which had been organized by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Parish clusters sent students and chaperones from Clear Lake, Hayward, Merrill, New Richmond, Rhinelander, Spooner, Superior and Woodruff. Others from around the diocese joined the group.

Via video message, Chris Hurtubise reminded participants, “This trip is a pilgrimage, and so it will be rooted and grounded in prayer.” He asked them to invoke the Blessed Mother, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Chiara Luce Badano “for special intercession and prayers for health, safety, and end to abortion and respect for life at all stages in law and in our culture.”

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