“Let the Children Come to Me…”

Fr. Steve Lesniewski (right) kneels in prayer with children from his parish on the sidewalk outside a Chicago abortion clinic

Last Friday, Father Steve Lesniewski brought over eighty children from Immaculate Conception Parish in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood seventy blocks north to pray outside of American Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic at the North Side intersection of Western & Diversey Avenues. (Father Steve, who has been sidewalk counseling since he was a teenager, is featured in our video documentary on sidewalk counseling, No Greater Joy, which can be viewed online here.) Several adults, including many of the parents of the young children, led the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and meditations on the Stations of the Cross, all in Spanish. I was honored to take part in this beautiful multi-generational prayer vigil, which had a total attendance of well over 100:

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