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March for Life

March For Life – Washington D.C.

January 20, 2023

What is the March for Life in Washington D.C.?

The March for Life in Washington D.C. began as a grassroots response of pro-lifers nationwide to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion throughout the 9 months of a woman’s pregnancy. This year, thanks to the Dobbs vs Jackson decision, the 50th March for Life takes place in a post-Roe world. But the March for Life is more important than ever as we strive towards a true culture of life in our nation! Inspired by the Holy Spirit’s gift of Reverence, Catholics and all people of good will come together at our Nation’s Capital to pray and publicly intercede on behalf of the unborn, their parents, families, our communities, our nation and its leaders – that this prayerful presence may open hearts, minds, souls to the fullness of the Gospel of Life in our lives and laws. 

Bus Pilgrimages to the March for Life

These are the bus trips that were planned for 2022. Stayed tuned for information about 2023.


Brooklyn Diocese:  Contact: Martha Hernandez 718-281-9540; Departing from: Brooklyn Diocesan Office 310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn


Respect Life Office: Register at Eventbrite or Contact: Sr. Hope or 646-476-0931; Departing from Sacred Heart of Jesus, Westside 

Regina Coeli Knights of Columbus: Contact Holy Innocents Church 212-279-5861; Departing from Holy Innocents Church, NYC

Ministerio Hispano: Contact Parish Office 212-568- 8803;  Departing from St. Elizabeth, Washington Heights

Orange County

Monroe/Harriman: Contact: John Deschner 845-782-0242  Departing from Sacred Heart, Monroe

Port Jervis :  Contact:  Nancy Smith 845-856-4610  Departing from  Immaculate Conception/St. Mary, Port Jervis


Putnam County

Brewster: Contact: Maureen Herbstritt  845-279-2021  Departing from  St. Lawrence O’Toole, Brewster

Rockland County

CANCELLED Please consider riding on one of the Westchester or Orange buses. Rockland County Right to Life:  Contact: Tracey DeRosa  845 826-1744 or 845 548-3146 Departing from:  St. Francis of Assisi, W. Nyack:

Staten Island

Staten Island Right to Life: Contact:  Angela 347-896-2307  Departing from: St. Charles Church


Central Westchester: Contact: Rob Florin 914-473-0784; Departing from Immaculate Conception, Tuckahoe (full)

Crestwood: Contact: Rectory 914-779-7345; Departing from Annunciation Parish, Crestwood

Yorktown Heights : Contact: Maria Litrenta 914-962-1815  Departing from St. Patrick’s, Yorktown Heights

Peekskill: Contact: Rectory (914) 737-2071   Departing from: Assumption, Peekskill



St. Joseph’s Parish: Contact: Jesusita Rivera 914-562-4195;   Departing from  St. Joseph’s Church, Yonkers

March for Life Mass for Archdiocese of New York Pilgrims with Cardinal Dolan

Opportunities for Local Prayer and Witness

If you are not able to attend the March for Life in D.C. this year, we encourage you to participate in local prayer events or peaceful, prayerful witness outside of an abortion clinic near your. This year, the USCCB Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children observed with penance and prayer every year on Jan 22 is transferred to Mon, Jan 23 because Jan 22 falls on a Sunday.

Prayer Vigil for Life

Join us for the Prayer Vigil for Life at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. While, we will celebrate the marvelous gift of this egregious decision’s overturn on Jun 24th, we continue to memorialize with sadness the 64 million lives that been lost since 1973 and the damage it has done to our culture. We will continue to pray for an end to abortion here in New York and every where in the world.

Stayed tuned for a listing of local events on Jan 22/23 in the Archdiocese of New York

Orange County
Rockland County
Staten Island

Consider witnessing at one of the following abortion clinics:


Location:        Bronx Abortion
2070 Eastchester Rd, Bronx, NY

Location:        Dr. Emily’s
642 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY


Location:        Planned Parenthood
26 Bleecker Street, NY, NY

Location:        Parkmed NYC
800 2nd Ave #605, NY, NY

White Plains

Location:        Planned Parenthood
                         175 Tarrytown Road, White Plains, NY


Location:        Planned Parenthood
                            136 Lake Street #11, Newburgh, NY

Spring Valley

Location:      Planned Parenthood
                       25 Perlman Drive, Spring Valley, NY

Staten Island

Location:      Staten Island University Hospital North
                          475 Seaview Ave Staten Island, NY

Want to learn more about how to pray and witness outside of an abortion clinic? Click here for Tips for Witness.

What else is going on?

Check out the following events surrounding the March for Life!

National Prayer Vigil for Life

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is a pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. It is held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  The Opening Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Lori on Thursday, January 19th at 5:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a 7:00-8:00 p.m. Holy Hour for Life. Throughout the night, Holy Hours will be led by various bishops throughout the country and available on live-stream. A closing Mass for the Vigil will be celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley at 8am on Friday morning. Typically, over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life.

The Vigil Program will be televised by EWTN and livestreamed on the Basilica’s webpage so millions can participate remotely.

Cardinal O’Connor Conference

The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life is the largest collegiate pro-life conference in the United States! The conference will be held on Saturday, January 21st. This year’s keynote speaker is March for Life president Jeanne Mancini. To register or learn more about the 2023 conference click here.

National Pro-Life Summit

A massive gathering of grassroots pro-life activists of all ages, hosted in D.C. the day after the March for Life. The National Pro-Life Summit will be held on January 21, 2023. Visit the website to register and for more details.

Novena For Life

9 Days for Life is a “digital pilgrimage” of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions. Join to receive the novena through the 9 Days for Life app, daily emails, or daily texts. Find the website here.

Resources for Youth

Make the March for Life more than just a one-day event! Prepare and form young people in an understanding of life and human dignity through these free resources from the McGrath Institute found here.

Other Sites to Visit

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Make time to visit “America’s Catholic Church!” Stop in for Mass, or explore the beautiful basilica, including the crypt. Find relics of Pope St. John Paul II, among others!

Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Visit the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II! Make sure to give yourself time to explore the exhibit of his life and legacy, and to pray with his relic in the chapel. A beautiful and moving experience! Click the image below to visit the Shrine’s website.

Museum of the Bible

January 17 – 31, 2022
400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Surrounding the March for Life, the Museum of the Bible is offering FREE ADMISSION! Plan your visit at and use the promo code ROSE2022 to receive complimentary access to Washington Revelations where you’ll “fly” past iconic places like the Lincoln Memorial, through the US Capitol, and over the Washington Monument as you discover biblical imagery and verses all around Washington, DC!