Respect Life Events

March for Life

Click here for a full list of the Archdiocese of New York buses going to the 2017 March for Life.

The March for Life in Washington D.C. began as a grassroots response of pro-lifers nationwide to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion throughout the 9 months of a woman’s pregnancy. Each year, inspired by the Holy Spirit’s gift of Reverence, Catholics and all people of good will come together to pray and publicly intercede on behalf of the unborn, their parents, families, our communities, our nation and its leaders – that this prayerful presence may open hearts, minds, souls to the fullness of the Gospel of Life in our lives and laws. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that in all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22nd shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. The Mass “For Peace and Justice” (no. 22 of the “Masses for Various Needs”) should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373) Today the priest has a choice between several different readings. He may preach on the Readings of the Day, or one of the sets of readings from the Mass for Peace and Justice. It has truly evolved into a Pilgrimage of intercessory prayer and public witness for all those victimized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion; and for the conversion of those who misguidedly perpetuate it. Young and old from all walks of life and from every part of the country rally together and march down Constitution Ave., stopping at legislative offices along route and ending at the steps of the Supreme Court. Over the years, several additional pro-life conferences, pro-life vigils, and Masses have come to surround the main event of the March itself in DC., spread throughout the days preceding the actual March, including special events for youth, young adults, and college students. See the following information for planning your trip for the next upcoming March for Life..

  • Visit the official March for Life website for more general information on the March for Life in Washington, DC.

Family Life Conference

Information for the next Family Life Conference will be posted at a later date. Please check back again soon.

Witness for Life

First Saturday of the Month
8am-11am, Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

On the first Saturday of each month, join the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants for 8:00 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (263 Mulberry Street , New York, NY 10012), followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, silent Adoration, Rosary Procession and a prayer vigil at the nearby Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. At 10:15am, participants return to Church for Benediction, followed by a social.

Local Events

Please review the Family Life/Respect Life Office calendar for local events near you.

Respect Life Team

Sr. Virginia Joy, S.V.
Respect Life Director

Sr. Pia Jude, S.V.
Asst. Respect Life Director


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