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March for Life

March For Life – Washington D.C.

Friday, January 19, 2024

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. Although Roe v. Wade was overturned in the landmark Dobbs vs Jackson decision, the battle of life continues and the March for Life is more important than ever! 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

Below are the bus trips that confirmed for 2024 – keep checking back as we expect more buses to be added:

Brooklyn/Queens/Long Island


Astoria: Departing from St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria. Contact 718-278-1611 No cost. 

Brooklyn: Click here to register  Contact: Christian Rada [email protected] Departing from Diocesan Offices: 310 Prospect Park West Brooklyn NY 11215.

**Cancelled** Flushing: Click here to register Contact: Rectory (718) 357-8888. Departing from: St. Kevin’s Church, Flushing

Long Island:  

St. Agnes, Rockville Centre, call 516-766-0205

Notre Dame, New Hyde Park call  516-248-8284.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a bus that will pick up on LIE at Exits 49 and 63; Call Pete at 631-289-2095




St. Benedict’s: Contact: Fr. Nikolin Pergjiini 718-828-3403 Departing from  St. Benedict’s Church, Throgs Neck

St. Rita’s: Contact: Fr. Pablo Gonzalez 718-585-5900 Departing from St. Rita’s Church, South Bronx



Hopewell Junction: Contact: Dan Slader [email protected] Departing from  St. Columba Church, Hopewell Junction


Respect Life Office:  Contact: Sr. Hope S.V. [email protected] or 646-476-0931; Departing from Sacred Heart of Jesus, Westside Bus FULL! 

Orange County

Newburgh: Contact Wendy Brant 845-401-5160; Departing from St. Patrick’s, Newburgh


Putnam County

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

Rockland County

Rockland Right to Life:  Contact: Gayle: 845-634-1283 or Eileen: 845-492-6709 or Erika: 845-729-2426  Departing from:  St. Joseph, Spring Valley

Staten Island

Staten Island Right to Life: Contact: Elisa DiSimone 347-213-2229 Contact for more details


Yonkers: Contact: Guadalupe Serrano (Spanish) (914)258-3188 or Jesusita Rivera (English) 914 562-4195 or Rectory: 914-963-0730; Departing from St. Joseph’s, Yonkers

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

*status uncertain* Crestwood: Contact: Rectory :(914) 779-7345 Departing from Annunciation Parish, Crestwood.

Mt. Vernon: Contact: Marla Greco 914-207-9557 Departing from Montfort Academy

March for Life Mass for Archdiocese of New York Pilgrims

Join pilgrims from throughout New York who have traveled to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life at the New York Pilgrim Mass at 10:30am at St. Patrick’s Church. Archdiocesan priests intending to concelebrate the Mass must request a Letter of Good Standing. To avoid a delay, please submit your request today.

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. January 22nd remains the National Day of Prayer and Fasting for the legal protection of the unborn.

Consider witnessing at one of the following abortion clinics:


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!

Life Fest

Life Fest is a Mass and Rally hosted by the Sisters of Life on the morning of the March for Life, January 19th, from 7:30am-10:30 am in Washington, D.C. It includes music, prayer and dynamic speakers. Perfect for youth and young adults. For more information, visit


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 Bishop Burbidge on Thursday, January 18th at 5:00 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 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.

Life is VERY Good Rally

The Diocese of Arlington invites you to join thousands of participants from across the country at Life is VERY Good on January 18 and 19, 2024. Life is VERY Good will be held at EagleBank Arena. The Evening of Prayer on January 18 is an opportunity to pray for the success of the March for Life in changing our hearts and those of others in this country. The Morning Rally on January 19 prepares us to take to the streets of Washington D.C. to make our voices heard as we proclaim the gospel of life. We hope to see you at one or both of these events to proclaim that “Life is VERY Good!” For more information, visit the website.

Online registration is now open! To purchase your tickets, please visit: LIVG Registration

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 20th. To register or learn more about the 2024 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 20, 2024. 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 from the University of Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity

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 17-21, 2024
400 4th St. SW Washington, D.C. | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Washington Revelations: A Monumental Scavenger Hunt of Biblical Proportions. Search out Biblical references throughout D.C. to find where the Bible hides in plain sight! Plus, bring your finished answers back to the Museum of the Bible to claim your prize – a free pass to rife on the Washington Revelations virtual fly over.

January 18 – The Race Is On! 

The Great Expedition Day at the Museum of the Bible. Our educators at “Mission Command” will launch guests of all ages on this immersive experience – The Great Expedition! Like on The Amazing Race, your group will compete to solve clues and complete tasks throughout the museum, including our Scripture and Science exhibit. Additional $4.99 for the Great Expedition Day.

Museum admission just $10 with discount code: MFL

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