January’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. and the Mass for Life celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Jan. 22 are opportunities for pray for and promote a culture of life which values all human life from conception to natural death. Details and resources below:

March for Life 2019 

Dates: Jan. 23-26, 2020
(Rally and march will take place Jan. 24)
Location: Washington, D.C.

View photos from March for Life 2019

The Office for Family, Youth, and Young Adults annually offers the opportunity for high school age young people in the diocese to participate in the 2020 March for Life in Washington D.C. The event is an opportunity to pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to promote the gift and sanctity of life. Along with students from high schools and colleges/universities throughout our diocese, many of our parishes as well as Grand Rapids Right to Life will be represented in the March.

This year, we’re excited to share that 149 people will be making the pilgrimage to D.C. with our Office of Family, Youth and Young Adults representing nearly 20 West Michigan parishes. Other groups attending are from St. Joseph Parish, Wright, St. Catherine Parish, Ravenna, West Catholic H.S., and Sacred Heart in Grand Rapids. In fact, all five high schools in the diocese have students attending this year’s March.

Please pray for our pilgrims and pray for and do your part to advocate for the sanctity of life.
View Respect Life resources on our website.

Questions about the March for Life Pilgrimage? 

General Information: (English | Español)
If the answer to your question(s) is not contained in the information above, please contact Mark Mann, diocesan director of family, youth and young adult ministries or Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications.

Watch coverage of the March for Life

On EWTN and CatholicTV: On the EWTN website, via Facebook Live (http://facebook.com/ewtnonline ), or on the free EWTN mobile app available in the Google Play Store or on Apple iTunes.

Also view: EWTN TV Schedule | EWTN channel finder

Live coverage of the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Capitol One Arena on Jan. 24 is at: http://youthrallyandmassforlife.org.

Stay connected on social media

Stay connected with our March for Life pilgrims on Facebook and Twitter.

Join Bishop Walkowiak for Mass on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade Jan. 22

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, our nation will mark the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in our country. Bishop Walkowiak encourages all people of the diocese to observe that day as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Join him for Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. to reaffirm our commitment to the Gospel of life and to the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. All are welcome.

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Nine Days for Life

Four Ways to Participate!

Your prayers matter; Your sacrifices make a difference
Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 47 years ago, more than 58 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered. In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invited Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage Jan. 21-29. Click the link for details or to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text message, or through their app.

Additional resources

Respect Life Ministry in our diocese
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for help in healing the pain of abortion (March 27-29)
Human Life and Dignity (USCCB)