The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.

at BENEDICTINE COLLEGE

SLIDESHOW: 7 Buses Depart Atchison for Washington, D.C.

Students gather in front of the Haverty Center to go to meet the seven busses headed to Washington, D.C.A donor providedStudents put their lunches and personal belongings on the bus before receiving a blessing for the 60-hour trip.The marchers gathered around the Benedictine College B ...... President Stephen D. Minnis thanked the students for their witness to life ...... and Abbot James Albers blessed them. As a Benedictine College student in 1992, Albers led the college's first March for Life expedition. He joined the students on the bus again this year.Vice President of Student Life, Linda Henry, boarding Bus 7 for the 60-hour trip.Heading out past the entrance sign.Seven busses cross the Missouri landscape in the dead of winter, headed from Atchison, Kansas, to Washington, D.C.

Students gather in front of the Haverty Center to go to meet the seven busses headed to Washington, D.C.

A donor provided “Benedictine College” winter headbands for students marching for life.

Students put their lunches and personal belongings on the bus before receiving a blessing for the 60-hour trip.

The marchers gathered around the Benedictine College B …

… President Stephen D. Minnis thanked the students for their witness to life …

… and Abbot James Albers blessed them. As a Benedictine College student in 1992, Albers led the college’s first March for Life expedition. He joined the students on the bus again this year.

Vice President of Student Life, Linda Henry, boarding Bus 7 for the 60-hour trip.

Heading out past the entrance sign.

Seven busses cross the Missouri landscape in the dead of winter, headed from Atchison, Kansas, to Washington, D.C.

SLIDESHOW: 7 Buses Depart Atchison for Washington, D.C.

by Benedictine College

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Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, has sent seven full buses on their way to Washington, D.C. and the March for Life.  Nearly 400 people rolled out at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, for a 30-hour bus ride to the event.  They comprised the largest group travelling from the greatest distance to this year’s March.  Among those on the busses was Abbot James Albers, OSB, from St. Benedict’s Abbey, who had organized the trip to the March for Life in 1992 when he was a student at Benedictine College.

“I organized the trip my sophomore year; we usually went with Kansans for Life,” said Abbot Albers, who graduated from Benedictine College in 1994 with degrees in Theology and Mass Communications.  “Back then, 15 to 20 students going was a good number.”

This year, 381 people are attending the March in the Benedictine group.  Nearly one of every five students is participating.

“This is an important mission for us,” said Michael Green, this year’s March for Life Coordinator for Ravens Respect Life, a Benedictine student group.  “We don’t go just because it’s some fun trip with our friends. We go to show the leaders of our country what we stand for; that is, the dignity of all people from conception to natural death.”

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Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.