Under bright, sunny skies, from 2 to 3:30 pm, over 400 participants stood up for Life by forming a “chain” that stretched along Route 59 from the west end of the Shops at Nanuet nearly down to the intersection with College Rd., and north and south along Middletown Rd.
Holding signs that read “Abortion Kills Children” and “Jesus Saves and Heals,” and other appeals to respect the life of the unborn, veteran Life Chain participants and the many newcomers proclaimed their message to the thousands who passed by in cars during the hour and a half they stood witness.
Among those present were members of the Prolife Club of Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, Beth Am Messiah in New City, CrossLife Church in Thiells, Faith Assembly of God in Chestnut Ridge, the Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New City, the Living Hope Fellowship in Tompkins Cove, the New Hope Christian Church in Monsey, St. Augustine’s Church in New City and many other Catholic churches, the Salvation Army from West Nyack, the Savior Community Church in New City, the Silver Springs Vineyard Church in Nyack, the Sisters of Charity from St. Agatha’s Home in Nanuet, and the Sisters of Life.
Chris Bell, the co-founder and president of Good Counsel Homes, which helps homeless pregnant women, also visited the Life Chain. He had been speaking at the masses at St. Anthony’s Church in Nanuet for Respect Life Sunday.
Many of the first-timers learned of the Life Chain through Deacon Ed Ilarraza of Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship. Ilarraza and Eileen Peterson were organizers of the Life Chain.
“Brother Ed spread the word,” said Onix Sosa of CrossLife Church in Thiells. “We credit him with us being here.”
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