- Jun 1, 2020
Catholic school students participated in the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. and cities across the U.S. in support of stronger gun safety legislation.
As they eagerly await the outcome of the momentous meeting between Pope Francis and President Trump at the Vatican, Millennial students from Assumption College stood in the square trying to predict the issues discussed and whether the pope’s ideas and concerns could rub off on the U.S. president.
Sources of encouragement and discouragement were also examined in the survey. About half said a parish priest encouraged their vocation, while over 40 percent said their friends encouraged their vocation.
To register for a program protecting undocumented students from immigration enforcement, they had to list their names and addresses. Besides fear over whether the program will be continued, Jesuit Father Paul Fitzgerald said those students now worry they’ve put parents and siblings at risk of deportation.
Alida Taylor, 28, was told by the Sisters of Life that she couldn’t actually enter the order until she’d repaid her student loans. She she turned to an online crowdfunding program, and generated enough money to make a $10,000 contribution to a vocations fund.
With minority students now making up a majority of public school enrollments, a national group of Hispanic evangelicals is calling for strong ties between churches and schools to encourage better academic results. The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which includes 40,000 U.S. churches, has launched a website with resources and