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Organizers now recruiting for pro-life boot camp

Last year’s pro-life boot camp included prayer in front of an abortion clinic in Kansas City, Kan.

Last year’s pro-life boot camp included prayer in front of an abortion clinic in Kansas City, Kan.

by Joe Bollig

KANSAS CITY, Kan. —Teenagers can acquire the tools and the training to fight for the pro-life cause during the Teen Pro-life Boot Camp, May 30 to June 2, at the Church of the Ascension and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park.

The archdiocesan pro-life office and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph respect life office are sponsoring the boot camp, which is for youths ages 14 to 18. Sleeping arrangements for the resident camp will be separate male and female barracks, with chaperones.

“[The boot camp] is to immerse them into pro-life issues,” said Ron Kelsey, archdiocesan pro-life consultant.

The boot camp features a daily mix of instruction, prayer, and worship. Camp attendees will have the opportunity to worship at Masses celebrated by Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann.

Among the topics to be covered are contraception, the theology of the body, Project Rachel and other pro-life programs, Planned Parenthood and defending the faith. The special events and activities will include prayer outside of abortion facilities, service work at a crisis pregnancy center and hearing the testimony of women who considered abortion.

“Families are welcome at the closing dinner, and they’ll have an opportunity to hear from their teens what they’ve learned,” said Kelsey.

The cost to attend the boot camp is $75. Adult chaperones and seminarians may attend the event for free.

For information about the boot camp, the full schedule of activities, or to register, contact the archdiocesan pro-life office by calling (913) 647-0350, by email at prolife@  archkck.org, or via the website at www.prolifeKC.com

About the author

Joe Bollig

Joe has been with The Leaven since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in journalism. Before entering print journalism he worked in commercial radio. He has worked for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and Sun Publications in Overland Park. During his journalistic career he has covered beats including police, fire, business, features, general assignment and religion. While at The Leaven he has been a writer, photographer and videographer. He has won or shared several Catholic Press Association awards, as well as Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara awards for mission coverage. He graduated with a certification in catechesis from a two-year distance learning program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at Old Oscott, Great Barr, in Birmingham, England.

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