Bridge Supporters Walk in NYC IGLW

Rev. Desiree Bernstein; Catherine Donohoe, The Bridge to Life Board President; Dawn Eskew, President and Founder of Personhood Education of New York and Rosa Cerrato, IGLW Committee member.

By Catherine Donohoe, Bridge Board President

NYC’s 2018 International Gift of Life Walk (IGLW) took place on March 25th, Passion Sunday and The Feast of the Annunciation.  City onlookers were witness to the great worth and value participants hold for each and every human life as they walked down the Canyon of Heroes.

The event began with a Celebratory Rally and impassioned speeches from the five Grand Pro-Life Hero honorees:

  • Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Director of Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN), the largest African American pro-life network in America,
  • Fr. Fidelis Moscinski of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR);
  • Denise Mountenay, Founder and President of Canada Silent No More and a speaker who offers hope and healing to those affected by abortion and pregnancy loss;
  • Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life; and
  • Dr. Elizabeth Rex, Co-Founder and President of The Children First Foundation, the sponsor of “Choose Life” License Plates.  

 

Bridge supporters were members of the Steering Committee along with Personhood Education of New York, the organization that founded the Walk in 2017, to increase walk participant numbers from the prior year.  Planning began last July and included networking with like-minded organizations around the tri-state area to join the walk.  Our supporters walked behind the Bridge banner and a float which was designed and built by volunteers  Delvis and Anne Marie Estrada.  A special thanks goes out to the Estrada’s as well as Delvis’ cousin, Elvin Ortiz who donated his time as event DJ from Build Beat Entertainment. 

We are most grateful to all who came out on that chilly Sunday morning to give witness to the sanctity of life. You will be blessed! 

Bridge Student Volunteer Receives SFLA Life Award

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, Norvilia Etienne, President of SFLA, Queens College, Tina Whittingham, VP of Programs, SFLA.  2018.

By Catherine Donohoe, Bridge Board President

Despite the Fourth Nor’Easter to hit New York City and its coast, the 2018 Student for Life Association’s (SFLA) Momentum Gala on March 21, 2018 continued on with great success.  As is the case with the today’s youth, they streamed the event so individuals who couldn’t get into NYC because of cancelled flights or bad roads could attend virtually! 

One of our own volunteers, Ms. Norvilia Etienne received the National Champions of Life Award at the gala for her fight to get a SFLA group on Queens College.  After applying to start the group, college administration refused to recognize the club without exclamation so Etienne took legal action against the school which quickly relented.  The Queens College SFLA group is becoming one of the leading pro-life forces in New York City, and with the group’s assistance, The Bridge to Life now has a voice on a secular NYC college campus!

Young college students that are pregnant and afraid now have on-campus support through their SFLA group who often refer them to Bridge.  Because of SFLA, these young women can now go into the campus nursing office and be given an option for life-affirming choices.  She no longer has to feel that she has to either choose between the life of her child and the life that she dreams to have.

We congratulate Norvilia Etienne and applaud the Queens College SFLA group for their determination and their passion towards the sanctity of human life.

Bridge’s New Website Offers Blog

Bridge’s new website will host a blog, BridgeChronicles to keep donors and supporters informed of all that’s happening with and for Bridge as well as its women and families. 

“Our goal for the blog is for it to contain photos and stories about any events, our volunteers’ work in and outside of Bridge for our families as well as stories about our families and other topics that are relevant to our mission,” states Mary Beth Topczynski, Board Member and Project Manager for the new website.

She continues, “The new website is more user-friendly in that offers a simple, clean design which is easy to navigate and easy to locate the information you need.  With that in mind, there are certain areas of the new website that don’t need constant updating.  The blog will host those frequent updates.” 

Additional story photos (if any) will be contained in a photo gallery which will be accessible from a link with blog write-up or from the Site Map link found in the site footer. 

Check it out now!