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OVER 3,000 FROM PHILADELPHIA ARCHDIOCESE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2019 MARCH FOR LIFE

 
WASHINGTON, DC(January 16, 2019)--This year marks the 46th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wadeand Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion nationwide.
 
Over 3,000 faithful from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will take part in the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 18, 2019 to promote respect and protection for all human life from conception to natural death.
                                                                     
The March for Life activities will begin with an opening Vigil Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The principal celebrant and homilist will be Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
 
Thursday, January 17, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 
400 Michigan Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20017
 
A National Prayer Vigil for Life will immediately follow the Mass. It will include opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Rosary for Life, and Holy Hours for Life. Seminaries from around the country will lead individual Holy Hours throughout the night. Seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will lead a Holy Hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
 
On Friday morning, Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, will be the homilist at a special Mass for approximately 3,000 faithful from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are attending the March for Life this year. Participants include strong representation from Archdiocesan high schools as well as parish and regional Catholic elementary schools.
 
Friday, January 18, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20017
 
The March for Life 2019 Rally will take place at 12:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Following the rally, participants from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will gather on Madison Drive Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets to begin the march at approximately 1:00 p.m.
 
They will process behind the Archdiocese of Philadelphia banner, carried by seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Auxiliary Bishops Michael J. Fitzgerald, John J. McIntyre, and Timothy C. Senior will lead the Philadelphian contingent during the march.
 
For Media Coverage of Bus Departures from the Philadelphia Area for Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 18, 2019 
 
(N.B. These denote group departures from select parishes and schools and does not reflect the full scope of participation from the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.)
 
  • Buses transporting about 150 seminarians will depart Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood (Montgomery County), at 5:45 a.m. – 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096.
 
  • A bus from Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford (Montgomery County), with approximately 100 students will depart for Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 18th at 5:30 a.m. from the school’s main entrance – 181 Rittenhouse Road, Royersford, PA 19468. 
 
  • A bus from Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield (Delaware County), in Springfield will depart at 6:15 a.m. from the school – 1701 South Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064.
 
  • A bus from Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls will depart from the school at 9:30 a.m. - 1000 West Lycoming Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.
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Editor’s Note: To view the 2019 March for Life route map visit: https://marchforlife.org/mfl-2019/rally-march-info/.

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