BELMONT, N.C. (January 20, 2015) – On Thursday, January 22, the 42nd Annual March for Life in Washington D.C. happens and the students and staff at Belmont Abbey College are gearing up for the largest Abbey contingent of students and staff ever. With nearly 100 students and more than 10 faculty, staff and monks planning to attend, the Crusaders will have strong representation at the national event in support of the pro-life movement. At a cost of only $15 per student—which includes a hotel stay in Washington D.C. and transportation to and from the March—Belmont Abbey is able to make joining this inspiring rally affordable for students.

Student and campmarch-for-life-2015us involvement is spearheaded by the Campus Ministries office led by Director Patrick Ford. Each year Patrick and his team put the call out to the campus community to join in this national event to demonstrate the college’s support of the pro-life movement. “I am proud that Belmont Abbey College was able to recruit such a tremendous group of students for our trip this year. This is the largest group we have ever taken to the March for Life, due in part to the deep dedication of our students and in part to the generosity of donors who made it possible for us to offer the trip to our students at such a low cost. I feel myself as moved and renewed as ever by the spirit of these wonderful young men and women,” said Ford who is attending his 5th March for Life with the Abbey.

One of the student groups especially supportive of the March is the Abbey’s Crusaders for Life. This student group focuses on raising campus awareness regarding abortion and is excited to join the hundreds of thousands expected to descend upon Washington, D.C. this week. Crusaders for Life president, junior Abbey student Rebeccah Gerlach, says that attending the March helps her see that the pro-life movement is not a lonely position but one that millions of people support. “It’s both a comfort to know you aren’t alone and an amazing thing to witness. I attend because I want to stand in solidarity and tell the world that we are here and that we matter.”

As the country and pro-life supporters prepare for the March, social media will be flooded with messages of support. Catholic and pro-life media will follow the event closely including the National Catholic Register, EWTN and locally by the Catholic News Herald. Belmont Abbey will use hashtag #bacmarch2015 to track its involvement in the event. In support of this year’s theme, “Every Life is a Gift,” the Abbey’s Crusaders for Life produced their own video found here:

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students. For more information, visit www.belmontabbeycollege.edu.