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Learning about, and learning to proclaim, the Gospel of Life is an important part of a seminarian’s spiritual formation. Two recent events allowed the men to put life-ethics into action. Third-year theologians join Archbishop Allen Vigneron at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception the day before the March for Life on January 22. Seminarians March to Defend Unborn Dominic Macioce My third-year theology class and I had the opportunity to attend the January 22 March for Life in Washington, D.C. It was a tremendous grace for the thirteen of us to be among the hundreds of thousands of people praying and protesting for an end to abortion. Our group was part of a long tradition of Sacred Heart seminarians bussing down to the nation’s capital to attend the march. We constantly hear from media outlets how almost everyone is in support of abortion, especially the younger generation. However, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, gave a powerful homily at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception that young people are a force behind the pro-life movement. This position was evident by the huge amount of students at the march. They praised the Lord while walking from the National Mall to the Supreme Court building to protest the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that maintained aborting a pre-born child is a constitutional right. Another grace for me was to have our own Archbishop Vigneron marching with us. He took the time to visit, encourage, and lead us in the march. It was a powerful example of what pastoral care should look like. Another grace was in response to hostility some people showed toward us. I felt close to Jesus as we stood for the truth of the gospel in the face of opposition. Dominic Macioce is a third-year theology seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit. 18 Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Spring 2015 Record-breaking Crowd Attends Dinner for Life With 425 satisfied dinner-goers attending this year’s Dinner for Life, February 6, Sacred Heart’s seminarians beat last year’s attendance by more than one hundred. The annual event is organized entirely by seminarians, who also do all the cooking and serving. It is now in its sixth year, with ticket sales rising each year. All donations to the Dinner for Life go to support pro-life charities. This year’s dinner raised more than $11,000, which will be donated to Project Hope, a right-to-life outreach of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (ccsem.org/campaigns). The event opened with a Mass at 6:00 PM, celebrated by Archbishop Allen Vigneron in Sacred Heart’s main chapel. Guests then moved into the gymnasium, where seminarians served a fish and pasta dinner. Attendees enjoyed an address by noted Catholic apologist and conference speaker Kimberly Hahn. Ms. Hahn spoke with conviction about our culture’s ignorance of how easily abortion could be avoided. She called on attendees to join their prayers for vocations to prayers for life. “We have helped to create a vocation crisis,” she said, linking the two issues, “because statistically the culture has aborted many potential priests and religious.” Seminarians John Carlin (Archdiocese of Detroit) and Bryan Kassa (Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas) spoke about how the pro-life movement has bolstered their vocations to the priesthood.