Over 31 Buses of Diocesan Pilgrims Set to Participate in March for Life 2019

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THIRTY ONE BUSES OF PILGRIMS SET TO ATTEND 46TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE WHILE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATORS PLAN TO SIGN DESTRUCTIVE ‘REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT’

Bishop Barres calls on all Catholics to pray for the protection of all human life

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – January 15, 2019 – Over 1,000 parishioners from across the Diocese of Rockville Centre and nearly 700 high school students travelling officially with each of the nine Catholic High Schools in the Diocese will be participating in the 46th annual March for Life on Friday,

January 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The more than 31-bus Diocesan contingent will join over one hundred thousand Americans who are set to travel from across the country to the nation’s capital for this year’s March for Life, the largest annual pro-life demonstration in the world. This year’s theme, “Unique from Day One: Pro-life is Pro-science” focuses on how scientific advancements reveal the humanity of the unborn child from the moment of conception.

“I look forward to being with hundreds of our young students and faculty from each of our nine Catholic High Schools and hundreds of parishioners from across Long Island as we come together in our nation’s capital, giving living witness to the Gospel of Life,” said Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “I am proud of each and every one of them as they are willing to be vocal and courageous in the public square about the deep reverence for every human life at every stage of life. Let this strong outpouring of support for the Gospel of Life, and respect for human dignity, radiate to our local statehouses including New York, where Governor Cuomo and the NY State legislators plan to make the horrific ‘Reproductive Health Act’ the law of New York State. This dangerous act would effectively remove all impediments to late term abortions. I invite all Catholics to pray with us for the protection of all life from the moment of conception until natural death.”

There will be a pre-march gathering of DRVC pilgrims with Bishop Barres at the south east corner of 12th street and Madison Drive at 11:15 AM. The March for Life Rally will then take place at noon on 12th street on the National Mall, in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. Following the Rally, the march will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets at approximately 1:00 PM. The march will continue up Constitution Avenue and end at the U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court buildings. Some marchers will then visit with their U.S. Congressional and Senatorial representatives.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre will also host a post-rally prayer service and blessing at

St. Joseph’s Church on Capitol Hill (313 2nd Street NE, Washington, DC 20002). Bishops will conduct continuous prayer services and blessings at 15-minute intervals for pilgrims before they board buses to return to Long Island

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan

Director of Communications

(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625

(c) 516-510-0473 E-mail: sdolan@drvc.org