200 UMary students ready to make 60-hour roundtrip bus ride to March for Life in D.C.

BISMARCK, ND — Senior year is an exciting time for all students at the University of Mary. Not only is graduation in sight, but their careers start to take shape. In 2018, as a senior communication major at Mary, Bridget Hobbs thought she had landed a full-time internship that would provide the necessary skills, experience and career networking to help secure a job before graduation. And did it ever. However, not on the path she thought it would take …

Bridget Hobbs in Washington, D.C. working with ND Sen. Kevin Cramer’s office

“I was on track to serve at an organization that ultimately raised concerns about my activity in the pro-life movement after they researched my involvement,” said Hobbs, a St. Paul, Minnesota native. “Faced with a decision to either neutralize my career or stand true to the pro-life issue and potentially limit future professional opportunities, I decided to pursue a different internship that would embrace the heart of the pro-life movement.”

That display of courage helped lead her to the nation’s capital where North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer brought Hobbs on staff first as an intern and then later as a full-time employee. Hobbs’ pro-life conviction empowered her to hold true to her Catholic faith without sacrificing her beliefs.

“I assisted in drafting new legislation aimed at protecting patient rights in medical settings, including unborn children,” recalled Hobbs. “These experiences taught me the value of perseverance in the face of difficulty. While it was understood that legislation protecting unborn life would be rejected by many, it was nevertheless important to continue efforts in the pro-life movement.”

The Pro-Life Generation has quickly become more than just a label applied to young people across the United States who are passionate about protecting human life from the moment of conception. Hobbs represents this significant youth movement made up of millions of “joyful, enthusiastic teenagers, tweens and millennials who are literally bursting with excitement at the prospect of building a culture of life,” explained Jeanne Mancini, the president of the March for Life, in a 2018 commentary for RealClear Politics. “We call them the pro-life generation, not just because of their passion for the cause, but because they were born years after — in many cases decades after — Roe v Wade legalized abortion across the country. This generation hasn’t just seen ultrasound images of unborn children, they’ve seen advancements in technology allowing younger and younger babies to survive — and thrive — after a premature birth.”

Hobbs with friends at 2019 March For Life

Once again, Hobbs will join over 100,000 pro-life demonstrators from every corner of America, every working class, every age, and mostly her pro-life generation at this year’s 2020 March for Life in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 24. Over 200 of the marchers will be Hobbs’ friends and former classmates from her alma mater, the University of Mary in Bismarck — a Cardinal Newman Society-recommended school — including school president Monsignor James Shea. They are making the pilgrimage — a 60-hour round trip by bus — starting with a 5 a.m. send-off Mass on campus Wednesday, January 22 and returning home late-night Sunday, Jan. 26.

According to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report released earlier this month, their affiliates around the country performed 345,672 abortions in the 2018-19 fiscal year ending June 30, a three percent increase from 332,757 abortions the previous fiscal year.

With that statistic in mind, Hobbs reminds her UMary friends and pilgrims making the bus trip to the 2020 March for Life, that their pro-life voice is significant and a lifelong commitment in today’s culture-of-death society.

“To be involved in the pro-life movement is to take a stand against the greatest human rights abuse of our time,” said Hobbs. “In the face of insult and rejection, remember that your witness has value and is making an impact. Focus on building community and bring your combined pro-life advocacy back to your local cities and towns. Remain prayerful and have a great time with friends.”

Katrina Gallic
2018 UMary Graduate
Speaks at Pre-March Rally before joining her University of Mary classmates to lead 2017 March For Life

Hobbs also joins University of Mary alum Katrina Gallic, who is now with the March for Life under Mancini. At the pre-march rally in D.C., as a senior, Gallic gave a powerful, humanizing and empowering speech moments before she and her classmates at the University of Mary led the March in 2017.

“Since Roe v Wade, more than 58 million innocent human beings have had their lives taken by abortion. A third of my generation — our classmates, our teammates and our friends, are missing from our lives directly because of abortion. Their body parts sold. Their rights disregarded. Fellow youth of America, fellow college students, this is not someone else’s problem. Indifference is not an option. Ending abortion is our responsibility,” said Gallic, from an excerpt of the speech that went viral on social media with over 8,000 views and drew thunderous cheers from the crowd at the pre-march rally.

Not only are Gallic and Hobbs the face of the pro-life generation, but the epitome of the 47thannual March For Life theme “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” Like Gallic, Hobbs’ desire for life that God blessed her with kindled at an early age.

“By the grace of God, the inherent dignity of life was apparent to me from a young age. In my youth, I was inspired to write poems and music detailing the beauty of life and gradually grew in my understanding of God’s hand in every unique creation,” Hobbs explained. “As a teenager, I prayed outside abortion clinics and offered support to pregnant women in crisis situations. This ultimately led to me leading pro-life efforts at Saint Agnes, where I served as the president of the pro-life club in my high school.”

Bridget Hobbs
2019 University of Mary
Graduate

That flame continued to burn even stronger, bigger and brighter for Hobbs during her four years at the University of Mary, whose branding slogan is “For Life,” and everything that stands for.

“At the University of Mary, I served as a member of Collegians for Life and volunteered at life care centers,” Hobbs recalled. “One of the most profound pro-life experiences I had at the University of Mary was gathering with numerous students outside of a homeless shelter in freezing weather. We brought hot chocolate and sandwiches to those individuals without homes, and spent time discussing their lives and sharing Christ’s love. This memory stands out as a reminder that the pro-life movement is about treasuring life at all stages, including the child in the womb, the individuals who experience homelessness, and the elderly.”

Hobbs and Gallic, two empowered women alumnae of the University of Mary, continue to celebrate the sanctity and dignity of life with their work in Washington, D.C. Hobbs plans to continue participating in state marches, volunteering at pregnancy resource centers, and supporting pro-life organizations impacting public policy in America — just as she did in 2018 when confronted with the ultimatum of having to either silence her pro-life beliefs while choosing an internship, or playing a role in the pro-life movement. An incident, now with 20/20 hindsight, was a blessing and truly providential. Because, without worry, hesitation or any threat of being questioned, Hobbs will always choose life.

University of Mary Students Participating in 2020 March For Life

Name Last City State
Katherine Achbach Rapid City SD
Hanna Ackerman Bismarck ND
Mabel Addo Burnsville MN
Maryssa Agnes Mesa AZ
Grace Aho Andover MN
Kylie Anderson Osakis MN
Alexis Andres Dickinson ND
Sarah Bachmeier Austin MN
Aden Baumberger Colton SD
Brianna Bean Miles City MT
Jennifer Becker New Salem ND
Emily Belland Bowman ND
Brett Bettag Campton Hills IL
Justin Boone Sioux Falls SD
Rebekah Born Stafford VA
Ethan Bowers Phoenix AZ
Margaret Bresee Post Falls ID
Louisa Bresee Post Falls ID
Gabriel Brooks Petoskey MI
Anna Brown Stayton OR
John Brule Sioux Falls SD
Rebecca Brydl Dickinson ND
Joseph Buechele Coon Rapids MN
Abigail Buhain Prior Lake MN
Hannah Carr Long Beach CA
Molly Clark Turlock CA
Natalie Cleary Littleton CO
Kylee Cline Beulah ND
Carolyn Coppinger Sugar Hill GA
Theresa Cronin Rapid City SD
Rebecca Cross Kalispell MT
Joshua Dachel Wisc Rapids WI
Averi Dahlberg Waseca MN
Leah Dahlstrom Thief Rvr Fls MN
Anthony D’Arcangelis Monument CO
Katie David Cando ND
Kira DeMaris Sleepy Eye MN
Abigail Dorn Dousman WI
Bridget Dowling Littleton CO
MaryAnn Dudley Raymond CA
Mariah Ehrke DeKalb IL
Hailey Espe Minot ND
Thomas Estrada Thousand Oaks CA
Joseph Fesenmaier Edina MN
Sadie Fetsch Langdon ND
Mary Fick Sandia Par NM
Bridget Finley Minot ND
Maria Fleck Bismarck ND
Mercedes Flores Lincoln ND
Maria Flynn Sauk Rapids MN
Emily Freas St Anthony MN
Jacob Gartner Glen Ullin ND
Noelle Gaudreau Billings MT
Miguel Gonzalez Salem OR
Joshua Griffin Bismarck ND
Dalton Guinn Bismarck ND
Mary Gutenkauf Aberdeen SD
Alyssa Haagenson Moorhead MN
Elias Haddad Tiburon CA
Laura Hallfrisch Gladstone MI
Antoinette Hanning Whites Creek TN
Alexander Haug Lawrence KS
Clare Heinen Dickinson ND
Benjamin Helget Clearwater MN
Anna Hill Roseville MN
Timothy Hillerud Velva ND
Stephen Hillerud Velva ND
Mary Hobbs Osceola WI
Anna Hobbs Osceola WI
Keegen Horst Union MO
lauren hortsch Eagan MN
Dalton Houska Dell Rapids SD
Michael Hrbacek Minneapolis MN
Rebecca Jacobs Ellsworth WI
Trey Juran Oakes ND
Luke Kaiser Marshfield WI
Jacob Koepke Freedom WI
Nicole Koepl Nezperce ID
Ella Konieczka Bismarck ND
Triston Kosek Buffalo MN
Sarah Kreamer Jefferson City MT
Jacinta Kreiner Marlette MI
James Kriefall Blaine MN
Lucas Lahlum White Bear Lake MN
Brooklyn Landreville New Ulm MN
Molly Laxen Burnsville MN
Alexa Leingang Palmer AK
Amy Lieser Clearwater MN
Matthew Loe Prescott WI
Julie Longworth New Ulm MN
Trevor Losinski Beach ND
Haley Luke Topeka KS
Bernadette Marlow Wildomar CA
Zachary Marquette Buffalo MN
Mary Marquette Otsego MN
Lauren McCann St Paul MN
Abbie McKay Minot ND
Kaitlin McLaughlin Moorhead MN
Joseph McNeely Coon Rapids MN
Anna Mechaley Rapid City SD
Theresa Merrick Westbrook MN
Dominic Miniatt Cadott WI
Joseph Miniatt Cadott WI
Ashlynn Monnet Marshall MN
Miah Monson Argusville ND
Carlee Moser Streeter ND
Brooke Mueller Bismarck ND
Joseph Mullenberg Chippewa Fls WI
Anna Nordquist Fairmont MN
Brianne Norrell Meadowlands MN
Mary Northenscold Maple Lake MN
Monica Northrop Bulverde TX
Mirjana Northrop Bulverde TX
blaise Northrop Bulverde TX
Mary Elizabeth Norton Brookfield WI
Anna O’Donnell Escondido CA
Jacob O’Meara Harris MN
Tanner Palaniuk Beulah ND
Jacob Pankratz Billings MT
Sarah Pankratz Billings MT
Jenysa Patterson Bakersfield CA
Abby Pechota Colome SD
Brooke Peterson Bowman ND
JoAnna Pihl Hermiston OR
Matthew Potoniec Mt Prospect IL
William Rachac Saint Paul MN
Jay Randall Broadus MT
Margaret Rasmussen Bathgate ND
Anna Regnier Prescott WI
John Regnier Prescott WI
Genevieve Ricciardi Eau Claire WI
Madonna Richter Menoken ND
Gabriel Rivas Winchester CA
Chloe Rosenthal Scandia MN
Tylla Roshau Dickinson ND
Karissa Rossow Zeeland ND
Blake Rubio Paw Paw IL
Kaden Sago Hazen ND
Emily Sahl Harwood ND
John Sammons Bismarck ND
John Santiago Port Chester NY
Elizabeth Saunders San Marcos CA
Julianne Sauvage Mercer Island WA
Lucas Schlosser Mandan ND
Kathryn Schnaible Bismarck ND
Madelyn Schweitzer Bismarck ND
Evan Sekerak Bowling Green OH
Hope Simon Crooks SD
Mary Elizabeth Smith Steubenville OH
Mark Smith Steubenville OH
Madeline Snell Thompson Falls MT
Augustine Spencer Shoreview MN
Kayli Stanger Mandan ND
Emma Stehr Centralia WA
Michael Storick Bismarck ND
Gabriel Suda Halstad MN
Mary Claire Talbot Carol Stream IL
Anastasia Tibor Dickinson ND
Paige Tomjack O’Neill NE
Nick Tousignant East Grand Forks MN
Teresa Twichel Laurel MT
Kelli Vetter Bismarck ND
David Villafana Richfield MN
Michael Waddell New Berlin WI
Jeff Waletzko Bismarck ND
Alexis Wanner Fargo ND
Emma Waskom Kindred ND
Emily Westrich Corcoran MN
William White East Grand Forks MN
Jacob Wilkins Great Falls MT
Reggie Yarsky Coraopolis PA
Katherine Zdunich Longview WA
Sarah Zielinski Plymouth MN
Lily Zimprich East Grand Forks MN