Notre Dame March for Life to take place on campus

by Sue Lister

The 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Due to anticipated hazardous weather and travel conditions on the east coast, the University of Notre Dame will hold a March for Life event on campus Friday (Jan. 22) instead of sending students and others to Washington, D.C., to participate in the national event.

More than 800 students, faculty, staff and alumni from Notre Dame, along with students from Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College, were expected to attend the national March for Life event, which this year observes the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Notre Dame’s march will begin with Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Bill Dailey, C.S.C., rector of Stanford Hall and lecturer in law, will preside, and Rev. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., of the Institute for Church Life, will preach. Following Mass, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the march will begin outside of the Basilica and process through campus to the Hesburgh Library, to the Main Building for prayer and reflection and continue to the Grotto as a final destination.

Members of the community are invited to celebrate Mass and participate in the march, which are being organized by the Office of Campus Ministry and the Notre Dame Right to Life club.

As the March for Life begins in Washington, D.C., on Friday, the Notre Dame Alumni Association will gather at the Grotto at 1 p.m. to offer prayers that have been submitted by alumni from across the country. All are welcome to join this prayer service. Prayer requests can be submitted via this online form.

Contact: Sue Lister, director of media relations, 574-631-7916,