March for Life

EDITORIAL: Our Commitment to a Culture of Life is Rooted in Love

Love Saves Lives.

That's the theme of this year's March for Life, which commemorates the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Forty-five years later, more than 59 million babies have been killed through abortion, according to the statistics from National Right to Life.

But the commitment to stopping this travesty isn't just about attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment -- rooted in love -- that requires our efforts every day of the year.

The pro-life community understands that choosing life isn't always easy. Facing poverty, abusive relationships, and lack of education or employment are among the reasons women seek abortion.

We're called to love and support both the unborn child and the mother. We must remain committed to building a culture of life from the womb through all stages of life. It isn't only the loving thing to do, but also empowering when a woman chooses life for her child.

Finish reading the St. Louis Review editorial here.

As Abortions Decrease, Pro-Lifers Remain Committeed

Generation Life Pilgrimage Will Send Almost 2,200 Teens to Washington, DC; Other Activitis Planned for St. Louis

By Jennifer Brinker

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering -- more than 59 million since 1973 -- Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

Abortions obtained by Missouri women are down by 39 percent in the past 10 years, according to 2016 statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, 4,562 abortions were performed at facilities here in Missouri in 2016, which is less than half of those performed in 1975 (the first year data was recorded). Pro-life leaders here have credited extensive pro-life laws in Missouri, as well as state-supported efforts to provide alternatives to abortions, including support for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.

Many activities have been planned for January and beyond to commeorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary, including:

Click here to read the complete St. Louis Review article and for details on the events above.

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

January 19, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media 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,

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.


Annual Memorial Mass Remembers Abortion Victims

January 14, 2016
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media 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.


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!

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