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Crossroads pro-life walkers in diocese

Bishop Bruskewitz, recovering from heart attack, visits with students

(SNR) - Thirty-six college students from around the country are walking from coast to coast across the United States and Canada to spread the pro-life message as part of the Crossroads organization.

The students, wearing t-shirts with “pro-life” written in giant letters to attract attention, speak at parishes along the way, with media, and with those they meet in passing. Other duties include praying and counseling outside of abortion clinics. The Crossroads students were recently in the Diocese of Lincoln, and met with Emeritus Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz at the John XXIII Diocesan Center July 5 and received his blessing before they left.

Bishop Bruskewitz, who suffered a heart attack Friday, June 27, was able to keep his appointment to meet with the Crossroads students Saturday. He has celebrated Mass for the walkers as they passed through the diocese many times through the years.

The Crossroads organization’s ultimate goal is to “touch hearts and minds at a grassroots level.” By educating and raising awareness, walkers hope to promote the idea that there are alternatives to abortion and that support systems are available. They also hope to encourage others to get involved in the pro-life movement.

Founded in 1995, Crossroads is a civil rights group that follows the Catholic doctrine that life should be valued from conception to natural death. They have recently added pro-life walks in Spain, Ireland, and Australia. Groups departed May 24 from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and will converge in Washington, D.C. Aug. 16 for a pro-life rally at the Capitol. A walk in Canada departed May 24 from Vancouver, British Columbia and will end at a pro-life rally Aug. 16 in Ottawa, Ontario.

“Last summer, I was blessed to hear and learn from the many testimonies that people shared from their lives about how the pro-life movement has positively impacted their lives,” said Alex Wilson, who walked the northern route in 2013 and is the walk leader for this year’s central walk. “I am looking forward to the many new experiences I will share with my new team, and to once again give a voice to the voiceless.”

With the exception of flights to California and home from Washington D.C., Crossroads is completely funded through donations collected along the way, online, and through mail. Donations are tax deductible, and Crossroads is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.

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