Plans are underway for one of the great pro-life traditions in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
The annual Respect Life March will happen in Tyrone on Sunday, January 14. The gathering, as always, is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Saint Gregory Council at Saint Matthew Parish in Tyrone.
The Respect Life March began after the remains of an unidentified child were found in the Bellwood area of Blair County in 1987. When authorities completed their investigation, the Knights adopted the baby, gave her the name Baby Agnes Doe, and provided a funeral Mass and proper burial.
Pro-life individuals have gathered every year since then, first at Saint Matthew for a short prayer service and then a 1.25 mile walk to her grave at Oak Grove Cemetery for another brief prayer service.
The January 14 Respect Life March will begin at Noon at Saint Matthew Parish. The walk to the cemetery will follow. After the cemetery, all are invited to return to the parish for a lunch featuring home-made vegetable soup.