Seminarians Mark Life, Justice and Peace Day

Story and photos by Phillip J. Shifflet

On Friday, Jan. 23, the seminarians of Mount Angel celebrated a day dedicated to the promotion of life, justice, and peace in a variety of ways.

A bus filled with fifty seminarians left early Friday morning on a pilgrimage to San Francisco to take part in the west coast’s annual Walk for Life. Those seminarians who remained on the hilltop spent the day working on several service projects in Salem, Oregon. In the morning, one group of seminarians worked at Bazillion Books to organize and sort books that will be given as gifts for area children as part of a free lunch distribution program over their spring break. Another group helped to sort food at the Marion-Polk Food Share. Seminarians worked at a variety of community gardens in and around the Salem area later that same day.

Photographs from the service project at the Marion-Polk Food Share:

The seminarians form an assembly line, bagging and boxing soy filler.  Pictured is John Hesla of the Archdiocese of Portland (left) and Brian Frice of the Diocese of San Diego (right).


Alex Estrella of the Diocese of Sacramento
scoops soy filler into a plastic bag.


Tristan Dillon of the Diocese of Salt Lake ties the bag.


Labels are attached to the bag.


This is the finished product.


Derek Twilliger of the Diocese of San Diego
assembles boxes, into which completed bags are placed.


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