Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, June 18, 2018

spchs marchforlife2018 72 webBRISTOL – Ninty students from St. Paul Catholic High School, a record high number for the school, participated in this year's March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Students have represented the school for the past several years by making a March for Life pilgrimage. Last year, more than 60 students made the trip.

School organizers attribute the increase in participation to past participants’ positive experiences, enthusiasm and desire to return, which sparked interest among their peers.

In order to participate in the pilgrimage, students submitted a written essay explaining their desire to represent St. Paul Catholic High School during the 45th annual March for Life on Jan. 19.

When they arrived in Washington D.C. after a seven-hour bus ride, students attended a Vigil Mass at the National Shrine of Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at which Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York was the principal celebrant. The next morning, the group attended Mass at their hotel with Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

At a breakfast followng the Mass, the student's heard a talk by Father Paul Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Father Scalia is the episcopal vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of Arlington, Va.

The group then heard prominent pro-life speakers at the Washington Mall before walking with the crowd to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Teacher Larry Duffany ,chair of the religion department at St. Paul and a chaperone for the trip, documented the pilgrimage on a blog titled "Five Reasons to March" at

At the annual Archdiocese of Hartford Respect Life Mass in October 2017, Cary Dupont, '72, president and chief administrator at St. Paul, received the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Award for his leadership in promoting respect for human life and dignity within the St. Paul school community and beyond.

In October of 2014, the Archdiocese of Hartford also recognized the school as a whole with the same award for the witness to life through participation in the March for Life Pilgrimage.