Hundreds Gather for Ignatian Mass for Life in a Snowy Nation’s Capitol

BY ISN STAFF | January 19, 2024

Mass attendees gathered for a photo before heading into the streets of Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life

Nearly three hundred students from Jesuit high schools, colleges and universities, and parishes from across the country gathered today for the Ignatian Mass for Life at St. Aloysius Church on the Gonzaga College High School campus. The mass, co-hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network and Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, takes place on the morning of the National March for Life, providing a prayerful space for Jesuit high school, college, and parish representatives to connect before heading to the streets for the March later in the day.

Fr. Christopher Kellerman, S.J., Secretary of the Office of Justice and Ecology of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and an ex officio member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network Board of Directors, celebrated the mass and was joined by Jesuits from across the country and Washington, D.C. Reflecting on the many ways that God defies our expectations, Fr. Kellerman challenged the mass attendees to reflect on how their baptism and confirmation call them to respond to God’s call to stand with anyone being oppressed—including the unborn, mothers, and those facing poverty.

Fr. Christopher Kellerman, S.J., Secretary of the Office of Justice and Ecology celebrated the 2024 Ignatian Mass for Life.

Fr. Christopher Kellerman, S.J., Secretary of the Office of Justice and Ecology, celebrated the 2024 Ignatian Mass for Life.

FR. KELLERMAN’S FULL HOMILY:

Institutions represented by students, faculty, staff, and parishioners included Jesuit Preparatory (Miami, FL), Boston College, Creighton University, Fordham University, Georgetown Preparatory, Gonzaga College High School, Jesuit High School New Orleans, Loyola University Maryland, Regis Jesuit High School (Denver, CO), Saint Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL), Saint Louis University, Saint Louis University High School, Saint Mary’s Student Parish (Ann Arbor, MI), and University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy.

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