March for Life

The March for Life is an annual witness to the truth that human life begins at conception and that the greatest violation of human rights has been legalized abortion on demand.  This somber commemoration has been occurring in Washington, D.C. every year since 1973.  

The 2018 March for Life will be held on Friday, January 19.  

UPDATE: Between 2,500 and 3,000 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are going to the 2018 March for Life, including 2,200 from the Archdiocesan Generation Life program! Please keep them in your prayers!


For information on St. Louis area events to commemorate Roe v. Wade, please click here.

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For information on Generation LIFE for 8th graders, high school students, and young adults, click here.

Youth Rally and Mass for Life

These events are included in the Archdiocesan Generation Life Pilgrimage. For those Catholic youth groups, schools, and parishes with youth traveling to the March independent of this pilgrimage but still desiring to attend the Youth Rally and Mass held at the Verizon Center and the D.C. Armory, please contact the Catholic Young Adult Office at 314-792-7008.

Be aware that seating is limited in both venues; tickets are allocated to each diocese from D.C. It is highly possible that not all groups will receive the number of tickets requested. Venue location for each diocese is also determined by D.C.; neither the Catholic Young Adult Office nor the RLA has any control over this.  

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March for Life Pilgrimages from St. Louis

Pro-LifePilgrimage opportunities in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are posted below. These trips are being organized by other Archdiocesan departments or outside groups, not the RLA. To have your trip posted here, please contact Mary at 314.792.7555.

Generation Life

  • January 17-21, 2018
  • Organized by the Catholic Youth Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Registration opens on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Cost is $260 for quad occupancy

Missouri Life Caravan

  • Departs St. Louis approx. 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Returns to St. Louis approx. 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 (No hotel stay.)
  • Cost is $190/person before Dec. 23; price increases to $205 from Dec. 23-Jan. 2.
  • Registration form and details are available by clicking here or call Cindy at 314.434.4900.

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Other Pro-life Events in Washington, D.C.

National Prayer Vigil for Life (Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

  • Opening Mass on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm, Cardinal Dolan, principal celebrant & homilist
  • Closing Mass on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m.

Life is Very Good Prayer and Rally (Campus of George Mason University - Fairfax, Virginia)

  • Prayer Vigil on Thursday, Jan. 18 and Morning Rally on Friday, Jan. 19
  • Sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington

Celebrate Life with Paul J. Kim and the Fransiscan Friars of the Renewal

  • Held at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, Maryland on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
  • Event includes:
    • 5 p.m. Traveler's Mass
    • 6 p.m. Holy Hour with Evening Prayer, led by the Fransiscan Friars of the Renewal
    • 7 p.m. Simple dinner and concert by Audrey Assad
  • Option for travelers seeking overnight accomodations (on the floor of a meeting room or classroom) plus breakfast and bagged lunch
  • Cost is $15 for dinner and concert only; $35 for dinner, concert, and overnight accomodations

Students for Life National Conference

  • Saturday, Jan., 20, 2018 at the FBC Glenarden Event Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Cost $45 if registered in advance
  • Registration is still open

March for Life Education & Defense Fund Events

  • Conference: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Youth Rally: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cardinal O'Connor Conference (for College Students)

  • Conference: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Georgetown University
  • Registration is required.

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