More than 700 University of Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and alumni will be among the participants in the 2017 March for Life on Friday (Jan. 27) in Washington, D.C., which this year observes the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
Notre Dame priests will perform a “Blessing and Sending” before buses carrying the Notre Dame contingent depart from Stepan Center on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Notre Dame march participants will include the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Father Jenkins also will preside at a Mass for the Notre Dame marchers at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Agnes Church, 1910 N. Randolph St., Arlington, Virginia.
A reception for Notre Dame students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends will take place Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, near the Metro Center Station on F Street NW. The free reception is cosponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture and the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Registration is required and the reception is limited to guests age 21 and older. RSVP by Monday (Jan. 23) at: https://docs.google.com/a/nd.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScR8XSlnw5a8mkFnOF6Xzfyi2kij1taJXpKgRpnnFtuzeaF6Q/viewform.
As the March takes place in Washington, D.C., the Alumni Association, students, staff and faculty will gather on campus at the Grotto at 1 p.m. to pray in solidarity for all life. Intentions for the prayer service can be submitted through Wednesday (Jan. 25) at https://nd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebSpnOy0muGVLWB.