Now in its sixth year in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, 40 Days for Life hopes to achieve an end to abortions in the Oklahoma City area.
By Sarah Cooper
Nine years ago in a small Texas college town, several pro-life workers brainstormed ideas to more effectively protest abortion. From those meetings, the national 40 Days for Life campaign was born in Bryan, Tex. This year they celebrated the closing of the abortion clinic they first prayerfully protested. Now in its sixth year in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, 40 Days for Life hopes to achieve what the initial campaign accomplished, an end to abortions in the Oklahoma City area.
Several of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s youth groups sprung to action following the destructive tornadoes that ripped through the state of Oklahoma on May 19 to May20 and again on May 31. As many metro school districts dismissed for summer break, hundreds of teenagers and young adults felt called to spend the start of their summer vacation acting in service for their fellow Oklahomans. Youth groups across the state collected food, water and supplies for the families and first responders. Others rolled up their sleeves and traveled to the hardest hit areas during the first couple of critical weeks. “Everywhere you look there is devastation” The youth of Saint Philip Neri parish in Midwest City, Okla., chose to travel to Shawnee, Okla., to aid with the recovery efforts. On May 19, a violent EF-4 tornado struck the town of Shawnee. With many of the state’s resources and manpower focused on Moore, Okla., the teens from Saint Philip Neri wanted the community of Shawnee to feel that they were not alone in their massive cleanup and rebuilding efforts.