March Seminarian Andrew Stoiko
n the cold morning of Friday, January 22, 2010, faculty members, clergy and seminarians from St. Tikhon's and St. Vladimir’s Seminaries attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Each January, hundreds of thousands of “pro-life” marchers descend upon Washington D.C. to commemorate the victims of abortion who have died in the wake of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade in 1973 – a massive mobilization to protest the continuation of violence against the unborn.
A sea of marchers and participants holding banners, placards and signs for life stood listening to the panel of speakers on the main dais, which included congressmen, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, and Orthodox Christian leaders. Fr. John Kowalczyk, who organized the Seminary’s presence at the event along with Dr. David Ford, addressed the crowd with his heartfelt remarks proclaiming the Orthodox position on life. He intro80
duced His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH, along with Archbishop NATHANIEL, Bishop TIKHON, Bishop BENJAMIN, Bishop MELCHISEDEK, and Bishop-elect Michael, who were also present on the podium. His Beatitude greeted the crowd with “Glory to Jesus Christ!” and encouraging the whole assembly to respond, “Glory forever!” – which they did, enthusiastically! The Metropolitan then gave a very pow-
erful speech concerning the Orthodox ethos and the sanctity of life. After the speakers had finished, the march commenced. With the Washington Monument on one side and Capitol Hill before all of the marchers in the distance, the Orthodox Christians for Life advanced along the Mall, carrying the familiar banner showing the icon of Jesus blessing the children, and singing hymns to the Lord and His
The Tikhonaire from 2010