Catonsville monument to lives lost to abortion finds new home

CATONSVILLE – As the sun faded behind the home of Knights of Columbus Patapsco Council #1960 on Frederick Road in Catonsville Aug. 23, pro-life supporters dedicated a memorial to remember lives lost by abortion.

Brian Protzman, an Eagle Scout candidate with Troop #456 at St. Mark Church in Catonsville, installed two benches and landscaped an area surrounding a pro-life memorial on the grounds of the Knights of Columbus Patapsco Council #1960 in Catonsville. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

The multi-year project began when parishioners from a neighboring Christian church offered the granite memorial to the Knights, who then installed it on council grounds.

Organized by the council’s chairman for the Culture of Life, Tim McArthy, the 20-minute dedication featured a color corps and procession, along with the praying of a 150-foot Living Rosary. Brian Protzman, a rising senior at Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington and an Eagle Scout candidate with Troop 456 at St. Mark Church, added the finishing touches to the reflection garden by installing benches and landscaping for his Eagle Scout project.

The monument includes the following inscription: “IN MEMORY OF THE MILLIONS OF BABIES KILLED BY ABORTION. JESUS FORGIVE AMERICA FOR THE SHEDDING OF INNOCENT BLOOD.”

Beneath the monument, a sign asks for prayers that God bring “hope and healing” to men and women involved in abortion.

Email Kevin Parks at kparks@CatholicReview.org.

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Kevin J. Parks

Kevin J. Parks

A Baltimore native, Kevin J. Parks joined the Catholic Review as its visual journalist in 2016 following a lengthy career at Mercy Medical Center, where he shot photography and video for internal communications, marketing and medical stories for local and national media.

Kevin has been honored by the Associated Church Press and the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press association for his work at the Catholic Review. One of his career highlights is documenting a medical mission in Peru, which received two national awards.

Kevin is proud graduate of Archbishop Curley High School. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore, and is a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales, Abingdon.