Thousands gather to celebrate life in downtown Denver
Before a crowd of thousands gathered at the Colorado State Capitol on Jan. 14, pro-life activist Abby Johnson said the culture of death will not change unless every person fights for life.
“It’s not enough to stand here today,” said Johnson, during the Celebrate Life Rally and March. “We must change this culture, but it will take every single one of us to do it.”
The annual march—held two-weeks before the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. and a week before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—brought a message of hope and joy. The peaceful gathering drew youth, families, clergy, and students from across the region to witness to life from conception to natural death.
During the rally, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila addressed the crowd, as did Chris Stefanick of Real Life Catholic. Doves were released as the crowd sang “Amazing Grace” before the marchers walked, danced and sang around Civic Center Park downtown.
Among those in the crowd was TD Nguyen, 19, a member of the Queen of Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement, a youth group based out of the Queen of Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Wheat Ridge. She joined 80 other youth at the rally and march.
“We wanted to put our faith into action,” Nguyen said about coming to the event. “We wanted to go out and show the world that life is worth living the way God intended.”
Look through an album of photos from the Celebrate Life Rally and March.
Rebecca Williams of St. John the Baptist Parish in Longmont attended for the first time with her children.
I think it’s important to make a show for people to see how important life is,” said the mother of six. “We stand giving for the opportunity for life.”
Johnson also urged that crowd to take action. More urgency is needed to combat the abortion industry.
“My goal is not simply to make abortion illegal. If that is our goal, it is shortsighted,” she said. “My goal is to make abortion unthinkable so that a woman never even considers darkening the door that will take the life of her unborn human child."
She said places like Catholic Charities’ Marisol Health medical clinics provide the alternative.
“I believe abortion has escalated to the point it is now because we have been silent,” Johnson continued. “I'm so glad you’re here, but this isn't enough. This is just the beginning, my friends.”