March for Life

Thousands of St. Louis Youth to Attend March for Life in Washington

January 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Approximately 3,000 St. Louisans Making the Trek to Nation’s Capital

UPDATE (January 20, 2016): The Generation Life Pilgrimage has been cancelled. For more information, click here.

ST. LOUIS — Despite the anticipated inclement weather, an estimated 3,000 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, and other pro-life supporters from the St. Louis area will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the 43nd annual March for Life on Friday, January 22. The date commemorates the tragic anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which has led to more than 57 million abortions in the United States.

The largest contingent of pilgrims, called “Generation Life,” is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The group totals more than 2,200 high school students, adult chaperones, young adults, seminarians, and staff. The pilgrims will depart on 41 busses from seven different locations around the St. Louis area in the evening of Wednesday, January 20. Media is invited to attend the launch. Please contact the Archdiocese of St. Louis Communications Office for more details.

Separate St. Louis groups totaling approximately 500 youth will attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Several hundred other St. Louisans are expected to attend by other means.

In total, the roughly 3,000 St. Louisans expected to travel to Washington represent more than 65 parishes and schools in the archdiocese.

Friends, family members, media, and anyone staying in St. Louis can be part of the action on social media by following @GenLifeSTL and using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and Instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog, genlifestl365.com.

In addition, several local Catholic parishes will hold prayer services in the area, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host a Pro-Life Holy Hour of Prayer for young adults, Thursday, January 21, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell).

GenLife participants, or representatives of the archdiocese, can be made available for interviews upon request while in D.C. Members of the archdiocesan Office of Communications staff will be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the pilgrimage to facilitate media inquiries.

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Annual Memorial Mass Remembers Abortion Victims

January 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Mass at Cathedral Basilica on Saturday Commemorates Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WHAT: Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate
WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
WHO: Archbishop Robert Carlson and more than 500 pro-life supporters

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will celebrate the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass on Saturday, January 16, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States. The Mass is hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be preceded by a procession of individuals born in every year since 1973, including a woman due with a child in 2016, to represent the more than 57 million children lost due to abortion during these 43 years. A solemn rosary procession to Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Boulevard will follow Mass. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

“We have a rich history of defending the unborn in the Archdiocese of St. Louis,” said Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate. “This annual Mass is an opportunity to join together in prayer as we commemorate the lives lost, give thanks for the lives saved, and re-commit to defending life and transforming our culture.”

Next week, hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims will descend on Washington, D.C. for the 43rd annual March for Life. More than 2,200 students, volunteers, and chaperones from Catholic schools and parishes will depart the St. Louis area on Wednesday, January 20, as part of the annual pilgrimage known as “Generation Life” or “GenLifeSTL." The pilgrimage is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first in the nation to establish a Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) following the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The purpose of the RLA is to promote the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology. In addition to the annual Memorial Mass in January, the RLA hosts its annual convention in October, which is Respect Life Month.

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A Pro-Life Generation!

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Hear some of our Archdiocese youth share why they are pro-life and chose to participate in this year's March for Life!

January: A Time for Prayer, Reflection, and Witness

Every January, we remember the United States Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in our country.

On January 17, hundreds gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for the RLA’s Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Joining him were half a dozen priests as well as numerous seminarians from Kenrick Glennon. The Mass was immediately preceded by a Rose Procession, consisting of individuals born every year since 1973 honoring their peers lost to abortion. RoseDuring the homily, Archbishop Carlson reminded all gathered that “we are called to witness our faith as Jesus did, never afraid of those who opposed him,” words that were put into action following Mass with a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood. A powerful witness was made as hundreds gathered to offer the Sorrowful Mysteries outside of the abortion facility.

On January 22, 2,000 youth, young adults, and chaperones on the Generation Life pilgrimage and hundreds of others from our Archdiocese joined 500,000 others in the March for Life in our nation’s capital. The sheer magnitude of the crowd combined with the prayerful exuberance was truly inspirational. Several of these young people shared their reasons for being pro-life here. With pro-life hearts such as these, we have much reason to hope that abortion will soon no longer be legal or desired by anyone.

Beyond the March, pilgrims partook in other spiritual and educational activities, ranging from the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the DC Armory to the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Generation Life pilgrims got to hear from pro-life speakers such as the Sisters of Life and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.

Cathedral Holy HourMeanwhile, numerous parishes held their own special prayer opportunities to allow all to join in prayer for an end to abortion. For example, young adults from around the Archdiocese gathered at the Cathedral Basilica for a special Holy Hour and pro-life Rosary. The event, sponsored by the RLA and the Office of Young Adult Ministry, drew over 60 young adults in addition to a dozen seminarians.

Although it has been 42 years since the legalization of abortion and it is easy to become discouraged when we reflect on the number of lives lost, there is hope. We know that much is being done materially, legally, and spiritually to end abortion.  Let us all work together so that we will no longer have to commemorate Roe v. Wade, but rather live in a country where every human person is respected as a child of God.

St. Monica Youth

Record Number of St. Louis Youth to Attend March for Life in Washington

January 15, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

2,000 St. Louisans to Participate in Generation Life Because Unborn Lives Matter

ST. LOUIS - More than 2,000 teenagers, young adults, volunteers, and chaperones from the St. Louis area will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the 42nd annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22. The date commemorates the tragic anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which has led to more than 56 million abortions in the United States.

The Generation Life Pilgrimage

What: Generation Life Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
Who: 2,000 St. Louis area teens, young adults, & volunteers
Where: St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
When: Wednesday, January 21-Sunday, January 25
Why: Because unborn lives matter

The annual pilgrimage from St. Louis, known as “Generation Life” or “GenLifeSTL” since 2013, is organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. A record number of attendees will take part in the pilgrimage this year, representing more than 60 parishes, schools, and universities in the archdiocese. Thirty-nine busses will depart from seven different locations around the St. Louis area on Wednesday, January 21.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C.

What: 42nd Annual March for Life
Who: Approximately 500,000 marchers from around the country
Where: Washington, D.C.
When: Thursday, January 22

The 2,000 St. Louis pilgrims will arrive in Washington on Thursday, January 22 in time for the March for Life with more than 500,000 people from around the country. They will then spend two days touring the city and participating in spiritual and educational programming.

Part of the programming includes a presentation by Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation (theradiancefoundation.org) and the awareness campaign TooManyAborted.com. Bomberger, who is bi-racial, was conceived when his biological mother was raped. His mother courageously chose life for her son and Bomberger was adopted into a multi-racial family. His life testifies to the fact that unborn lives matter, regardless of how they were conceived.

Back in St. Louis

What: Keep up with #GenLifeSTL
Where: Online, social media, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
When: Wednesday, January 21-Sunday, January 25

Friends, family members, media, and anyone staying in St. Louis can be part of the action on social media by following @GenLifeSTL on twitter, using #GenLifeSTL on twitter and instagram, “liking” the GenLifeSTL facebook page, and on the GenLifeSTL blog (blog.stlouisreview.com/genlifestl).

In addition to local parish prayer services in the area, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be hosting two main events to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Those events are as follows:

Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass
Saturday, January 17, 9:30 a.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Archbishop Carlson will be the celebrant and homilist. A rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Forest Park Ave. will follow Mass.

Pro-Life Holy Hour of Prayer
Thursday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
Organized by the Respect Life Apostolate and St. Louis Young Adult Ministry

Additional Information

Archbishop Carlson will celebrate Mass in Washington on Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m. CST. Mass will be streamed live on the GenLifeSTL blog (blog.stlouisreview.com/genlifestl).

Ryan Bomberger’s presentation will also be streamed live on Friday, January 23 at 7:30 CST.

Ryan Bomberger, GenLife participants, or representatives of the archdiocese, can be made available for interviews upon request. Members of the archdiocesan Office of Communications staff will be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the pilgrimage to facilitate media requests.

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