On January 19that 8 am, twenty-five JPCatholic students and their chaplain, Fr. Eleuterio, departed for downtown Los Angeles where they spent the day celebrating life in the 5th annual Archdiocesan OneLife LA event.
The event began with a walk from LA Placita Olvera to LA Historic Park, followed by a large festival of food, entertainment, and speakers. It concluded at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with a Requiem Mass for the unborn.
Kevin Stutzke, a student at JPCatholic, explained that the event “is definitely a celebration, but it’s kind of like a bittersweet one” as attendees keep in mind the many lives lost to abortion. Another student, Ryan Thie, spoke about the importance of the event, its location, and how “it shows that America isn’t giving up on the unborn”.
While an emphasis was placed on the topic of abortion, the event also highlighted the importance of other pro-life ministries including, but not limited to, those for the impoverished, the incarcerated, and the human-trafficked. There were booths set up during the festival where people could find out additional information on how to become involved in a number of different pro-life causes.
In the last couple years, JPCatholic students have had the opportunity to attend the Walk for Life in San Francisco and the Walk for Life in San Diego. Fr. Eleuterio explained that the decision to attend OneLife LA this year wasn’t for any one thing in particular, but that he appreciates the emphasis the event places on the family and the Catholic faithfulness apparent throughout the day.
OneLife LA is an annual event started in 2015 by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to, as stated on their website, “unite communities and inspire positive action” while promoting the “beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.” It is attended by thousands each year.