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View photos, watch coverage of the 2018 March for Life

Photo: March for Life 2018March for Life 2018 Theme: 
"Love saves lives"

Dates: Jan. 18-21, 2017
(March took place Friday, Jan. 19)
Location: Washington, D.C.

Over 300 youth, young adults and adults from our diocese made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 45th Annual March for Life to march, 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 were represented at 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. 

Local media coverage

March for Life Schedule

11:30 a.m. - Musical Opening featuring Plumb!
12 p.m. - Rally Program
1 p.m. - March up Constitution Avenue to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
3 p.m. - After finishing marching: 
  • Silent No More testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Advocate for life to your Representative or Senators.

Watch March for Life coverages

Watch March for Life coverage from EWTN:

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 for participants

Christian faithful who participate in the 2018 March for Life may receive a plenary Indulgence. In order to receive the Indulgence while attending the March for Life you must be detached from sin, pray for the pope’s intentions and, within a few days, make a sacramental confession and receive the Eucharist.
The elderly, sick, and those unable to leave home will be able to receive a plenary Indulgence if they fulfill the same requirements as those of the pilgrims while spiritually joining themselves to the March and offering prayers and their own physical sufferings to God.
If you are not able to complete all of the requirements necessary for a plenary Indulgence you may still be granted a partial Indulgence.

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

On Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, our nation will mark the 45th 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 45 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. 18-26. 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 Mark Mann, coordinator of family, youth and young adult ministry, 616-475-1243 or or DJ Florian, 616-551-4748 or

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