By KATIE BORKOWSKI
CARROLL – With rosaries, lawn chairs and 40 Days for Life signs in hand, a group of people from the Carroll area gather in front of the Santa Maria Winery to pray for an end to abortion.
This year’s 40 Days for Life campaign is from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5. The Carroll group has been participating each fall since 2008, the year after the national campaign began.
Ron Lenz, a parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, leads the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day, from noon to 1 p.m.
“We remind people to think about it (abortion) when they are passing by,” he said. “Pro-life issues aren’t always the front page of the news, so it reminds them to pray about it or think about it at least. It’s not something that has gone away.”
“Abortion is the leading cause of death in America today,” he said. “People don’t think about that. If you look it up, it will say cancer or heart disease, but they aren’t counting abortion.”
Deacon Dave Prenger and his wife Terri, parishioners at Holy Spirit in Carroll, also participate during the days of the campaign. Some participants pray for the entire hour, while others join in for only a portion of the time. During their 20-minute lunch hour, Kuemper students are also taking time to pray for an end to abortion.
On average, there are about eight people who are in front of the winery praying, but on occasion, 30 or 40 people gather to pray, Deacon Prenger noted.
“We try and wave at the people as they go by and most of them wave back and are happy we are here,” he said. “We pray while we are here, but we also get to visit with each other.”
Deacon Prenger added it is encouraging how many wave or honk in support of the efforts. He admitted, about once a week or so, there is an undesirable reaction to seeing the signs in support of life.