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Crusaders for Life club takes holistic approach to life issues

Scecina's Crusaders for Life club focuses on being holistic, postive and pro-active across the board on life issues from conception to natural death.

By Amy Noser, Enrollment Management Assistant

Positive. Pro-active. Pro-life. Not only will you find these words on the Crusaders for Life t-shirts, but they can also be seen in the way the club’s members go about their daily lives.

Catholic Theology teacher Jim Maslar, the club’s moderator, says Crusaders for Life members “believe the best way to advocate for a more pro-human society, of which abortion is a central and key issue, is to be a holistic, positive and pro-active across the board when it comes to life issues from conception to natural death.” 

The club learns about a range of topics, from embryonic stem cell research and homelessness to euthanasia. This way students are able to learn about the Catholic Social Teaching theme of “Life and Dignity of the Human Person” through a full spectrum of pro-life matters. Students are then given opportunities to volunteer their time with different agencies and truly live out what they have learned about and believe in. 

So far this year, the group has worked with an adoption agency and St. Vincent de Paul. Through Catholic Charities, they were able to create a welcome package for an immigrant family. Soon the Crusaders for Life, along with other interested students, will attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. to raise their voices for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Monica Higgins, a junior from Our Lady of Lourdes parish, is attending the March for Life for the third time as a member of the Crusaders for Life. She is one of 39 students who are making the trip, including students who aren't official members of Crusaders for Life.

“I’m always moved by the act of walking with people who are standing for the same thing I am,” Monica said. “This opportunity helps me by challenging me to look at all stages of life. Everyone deserves the chance to live. Crusaders for Life has helped me become a better person through the chance to grow deeper in faith and respect for all life.” 

The growth in faith and respect for all life Monica has developed during her time at Scecina, in addition to being shared at the March for Life, may also be shared one day with students of her own as she hopes to become either a youth minister or Catholic theology teacher. 

Participating in Crusaders for Life helps Monica and many others students live out their faith in diverse, concrete ways. They become an informed, powerful group when seeking change for the good of others. And in that way they also fulfill Maslar’s hopes for club members to be “leading with positive action while speaking and standing by the truth in and with love – AKA, being disciples of Christ… We support one another, as Christians, when we share our passions and service, our voice and efforts. I hope these students will feel that.” 

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