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40 Days for Life Prayer Begins

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Approximately 50 pro-life advocates, including the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Msgr. John Wall, Fr. Scott McCue, Fr. Robert Schriber and Fr. Matt Monnig, gathered today to pray the Rosary at Planned Parenthood in Chapel Hill. A national pro-life campaign, “40 Days for Life,” is held each fall and spring. Currently taking place in 231 locations in the US, it is the largest and most coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.

The local campaign began on Ash Wednesday and continues until March 24, 2013. The community will gather each day from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to pray that, “with God’s help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Chapel Hill and throughout America.”

Fr. Schriber said, “Today is my birthday and I wanted to begin the day praying for the dignity of all persons.”

40 Days for Life is focused on prayer and fasting; peaceful vigil and community outreach. Participants agree to abide by the Statement of Peace with a pledge to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner during their time of prayer.

“The quiet witness and prayers of those participating today was indeed peaceful and holy,” said Mrs. Jackie Bonk, Director of the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life. “The songs we sang and the season of Lent contributed to a climate of hope and peace that I experienced.”

Mary Beth Phillips, Associate Director of the Office of Pro-Life, mentioned the many people coordinating the successful event. “Susanne Wolf, Jean Vickery and the Respect Life committee at St. Thomas More have done a super job organizing, promoting and planning the intentions for the prayer vigil,” she said.

Parishes, groups or organizations wishing to Adopt-a-Day may email 40dayschapelhill@gmail.com for more information.

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Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, during recitation of the Rosary, with pro-life advocates near Planned Parenthood facility in Chapel Hill.

Below: The approximately 50 pro-life supporters taking part in the “40 Days for Life” at 8:00 a.m. on February 15.