SGU junior walking across country.

On May 24, St. Gregory’s junior Lauren Mach joined college students from around the country to walk across the United States in hopes of educating and raising awareness on a grassroots level as part of the 20th annual Crossroads Pro-Life Walk. The walk began on the west coast and will end Aug. 16 in Washington, D.C. at a pro-life rally at the Capitol.


“Our mission is to witness the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death,” Mach said.


Mach, who is also a member of the St. Gregory’s Pro-Life Team, said she was surprised how easily that mission could be accomplished just by wearing a brightly colored shirt and explaining her journey to those who stopped them along the way.


“People approach us all of the time – on the side of the road, after Mass, in the grocery store – and ask what we are doing,” Mach explained. “When they hear we are walking coast-to-coast, it surprises them and really makes them think.”


After hearing about her middle school youth minister’s experience with Crossroads in 2007, Mach realized how unique an opportunity it was to not only walk across the country, but being able to spread the pro-life message to those they meet along the way.


“The most inspiring part of walking with Crossroads is interacting with people who have been or decide to become involved in the pro-life movement,” Mach said. “A bunch of college kids walking across the country gets a lot of attention because it is unusual, but the real change is happening where pro-life people are reaching out to help others in their communities.”