by Joseph Nemec
It was a stormy Saturday morning when the
Respect Life Club – Eagles for Life – pulled up
to the Catholic Charismatic Center, preparing
for a day of prayer and protest.
The rally on October 8 was the March of the
Surviving Youth (MOTSY) which aims to show
youth support for ending the practice of
“It’s important to have events to show that we
care,” Theology teacher and club moderator Casey Johnson ’05 said. “It’s to remind ourselves that
there are people out there who have a mentality that does not uphold the dignity and the worth of
every human being.”
MOTSY aims not only to protest but also to increase the awareness of youth about the issue of
“Having an event like this where you can get young people together to celebrate mass, to have praise
and worship and to do a Jericho march around Planned Parenthood helps them realize that this is
something in our backyard, this is happening in our city; the largest abortion mill in the Western
Hemisphere is located in Houston and we need to shut it down,” Johnson said
“It’s a lot more meaningful than something trivial we do everyday,” said junior Carol Broussard,
president of Eagles for Life. “We went to a quick Mass, then we listened to some presentations, then
we set out on the march towards Planned Parenthood and it started thunder storming.”
MOTSY was attended by youth from around the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, including
students from STH.
Strong support from Eagles for Life and the St Thomas circle of the Columbian squires was partially
responsible for the large turnout of St. Thomas students.
“We have a close association with the Pro-Life movement in Houston,” Johnson said. “You could say
that it’s a part of St. Thomas in many ways.”
However, the importance of the issue to STH students was the primary motivation.
“[We are] trying to get this place shut down, trying to save the lives of unborn children,” Broussard
At the march, students from St. Thomas were responsible for the critical role of carrying the statue of
Mary during the March.
“We were carrying the statue of Mary, while it was thunder storming, desperately trying to not fall
over or slip in the mud while trying to keep the umbrella over Mary; it felt pretty hard core,”
After the march, attendants explained how they benefited greatly for participation. Students received
“It feels like I’ve done something good. It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment beyond that of
doing well like on a test or a presentation,” Broussard said.
In addition to satisfaction, they get something not normally received by many: an experience in
“It’s a great opportunity for students to take an active role in prayer,” Johnson said. “Sometimes they
think that prayer is some dusty old monk in a monastery somewhere praying all day, [and] that
doesn’t sound very exciting to them, but prayer can be active too. St. Paul calls us to pray without
ceasing and part of that prayer can be an active prayer, a prayer of protest.”
Eagles for Life plans to attend next year to continue their support of dignity of life issues in the
“We’ll do it again and try to do more things, much bigger, much better.” Broussard said.