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Students and chaperones arrive by bus Jan. 25 at St. Gerald Church in Omaha after the Jan. 22 March for Life in Washington, D.C. After a long trip that included being stranded for nearly 24 hours in a blizzard on a Pennsylvania highway, they were treated to doughnuts, bagels, coffee and juice. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Archdiocese students return home from March for Life

They are home – tired but joyful, and glad they went.

High school students and their chaperones from the Omaha archdiocese arrived safely in Norfolk and Omaha Jan. 25, after a trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., that included being stranded nearly 24 hours in a blizzard on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The group of nearly 400 participated in the 43rd annual March for Life Jan 22. But with the storm approaching, the group canceled other activities planned for the weekend, choosing instead to return immediately after the march.

Although one bus bound for Norfolk beat the storm, four buses to Omaha and two to Norfolk became part of a 23-mile-long backup caused by jackknifed semitrailer trucks.

Students made the best of the time though, with prayer, games, jokes, songs and fun in the snow. They had food, water, access to restrooms and fuel for the buses.

Archbishop George J. Lucas called the group, praying with them by speakerphone. Once traffic began to move late Jan. 23, the group drove to Bedford, Pa., and spent the night.

For Grace Dickas, student at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and parishioner at St. Robert Bellarmine in Omaha, a highlight of the delay was getting to know students from other schools.

Reflecting on her experience at the March, Dickas said, “We were so excited to see the other groups from across the country. It was an overwhelming sense of unity for defending life and serving as a witness.”

 

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