August 23, 2014

Orthodox Priest to Conduct March for Life Benediction

Fr. John Kowalczyk

Source: The Times-Tribune An Orthodox priest from Jermyn will have a key role at Monday's annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The Very Rev. Archpriest John Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn and chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, will conduct the benediction preceding the anti-abortion march. The Rev. Kowalczyk said Thursday he was humbled that organizer Nellie Gray asked him to participate and called it the "surprise of my life." He will give the benediction - the final message before the march starts - on stage at the Ellipse facing the Washington Monument. "I pray that whatever message is sent out there, that it will resonate into the hearts of people," he said. The annual March for Life marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. About 300,000 to 400,000 people are expected this year because the political climate has shifted to the conservative side, the Rev. … [Read more...]