Life Chain in Atchison

Ravens Respect Life members prayerfully standing witness to life at a Planned Parenthood rally. Photo by Megan McFadden.

By Mary Elsen, The Circuit.

Atchison is set to be the stomping ground for a pro-life movement event sponsored by Life Chain.

According to, “Annually, on the first Sunday in October, Life Chain invites the churches in each city and town across North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for 90 minutes.” says it has designated signs for participants to hold.  As cars drive by, they see the praying protesters displaying a poster with an approved message.

“The purpose of Life Chain is basically just to stand witness to the horrors of abortion and in support of all life, from the moment of conception to natural death,” said sophomore Helen Cook, President of Ravens Respect Life.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for people to stand in solidarity together and really grow in a sense of community when it comes to standing up for life,” Cook said.  “A lot of people feel very isolated when it comes to being pro-life.”

Cook began spreading the word about the event after both Ministry Team and Sr. Mary Ellen Auffert, OSB, reached out to her.

Auffert has played a part in promoting the event in Atchison.

“[It’s] just silent protest,” Auffert said.  The event is non-denominational, anyone and everyone is welcome. “It makes people more aware of life issues. Today, people really need to know there is life [from conception to natural death].”

Members of Ravens Respect Life plan to attend the upcoming event and provide transportation as needed, Cook said.

The Life Chain event is held from 2 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1 at the intersection of 10th St. and Hwy 59.

For more information, contact Cook at