The Mount community once again traveled en masse to Washington, DC to participate in the 40th annual March for Life on Capitol Hill. The seminarians joined hundreds of thousands who gathered as the largest crowd in four decades to protest the pervasive culture of death. In keeping with the custom of Mount St. Mary’s, a number of seminarians traveled to the nation’s capitol on Thursday night to join in the 34rd annual National Prayer Vigil for Life which began with a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Boston, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The next morning, most of the seminary gathered for a Youth Rally and Mass celebrated by Washington’s archbishop, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, held at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington. After the Mass, the seminarians made their way to the National Mall to partake in the main event. The seminary was blessed this year to be accompanied by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano visited the seminary this past October. One of the highlights for many in the group was seeing the Papal Nuncio, a native of Italy, embracing a bit of the American culture by donning a Texan style cowboy hat given to him by a group from Nashville, Tennessee. Along with the scores of other marchers, the massive group made their way up Constitution Avenue past the National Capitol before turning south on 1st Street where the March concluded in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building.