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Verwys Shares Stories at Memorial

On January 14, a sunny but cold Sunday afternoon, almost 200 people came to honor and mourn the 59,000,000 little lives lost to legal abortion.

Sponsored by Grand Rapids Right to Life, the 45th annual Memorial Service for the Unborn was held at St. Jude Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.

Fr. Tom Cavera said the opening prayer and referenced St. Teresa of Calcutta, who had the courage to stand for the unborn in front of legislative leaders during the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994.

The keynote speaker was veteran sidewalk counselor and founder of Garden of Hope, Mary Verwys. She shared stories of standing, praying, and reaching out to women and men moments before they enter an abortion clinic. Verwys spoke of the brokenness, the need for assistance, and the pain that these couples face and the hope that she and her team offer.

Music was performed by the combined choirs of West Catholic High School and Our Lady of Consolation Middle School under the direction of Mary Harkema.

The Knights of Columbus added an element of pageantry to the event with a procession at the beginning and at the end of the service.

The event was closed with prayer by Dirk VanEyk, lead pastor of Encounter Church.

A generous amount of diapers and baby wipes were collected for donation to HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid.