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View photos: Diocesan pilgrims attend 2019 March for Life

March for Life 2019March for Life 2019 

Dates: Jan. 17-20, 2019
(Rally and march will take place Jan. 18)
Location: Washington, D.C.

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The Office for Family, Youth, and Young Adults is offering the opportunity for high school age young people in the diocese to participate in the 2019 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.   

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. 

Watch live coverage of the March for Life

Including the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life (Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m, ET) on EWTN and CatholicTV:
On the EWTN website, via Facebook Live ( ), or on the free EWTN mobile app available in the Google Play Store or on Apple iTunes.

Stay connected on social media

Stay connected with our March for Life pilgrims on Facebook (search "DioceseofGrandRapids") and Twitter (@GRDiocese).  

Plenary indulgence available to March for Life participants

Individuals who wish to obtain the plenary indulgence must take part in the sacred celebrations related to the March for Life this year in Washington, D.C. In addition, the usual conditions for a plenary indulgence need to be met: that an individual be in the state of grace by the completion of the acts, have complete detachment from sin, and pray for the Pope's intentions. The person must also sacramentally confess their sins and receive Communion, up to about twenty days before or after the indulgenced act.
According to the Vatican declaration, “the aged, sick and all those who due to grave reason are not able to leave home” are also able to receive the plenary indulgence so long as they consciously reject all sin, have the intention to, as soon as possible, complete the usual conditions for a plenary indulgence, and “spiritually join themselves to the holy ceremonies, while also having offered prayers and their sufferings or the ailments of their own life to the merciful God.”

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

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, our nation will mark the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision which legalized 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.  

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 46 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. 14-22. 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.

Questions about the March for Life Pilgrimage? 

Please contact Marianne Verner, 616-246-0588 or