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HARTFORD – The Pro-Life Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford is organizing its annual pilgrimage to the 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 22. A bus will leave at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, from the Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Ave., Meriden, for arrival in Washington the day before the march.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will join pilgrims in the District of Columbia. He will concelebrate Mass with other bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday evening, and will celebrate Mass on Friday morning at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

The itinerary for the pilgrimage is as follows:

On Jan. 21, the bus from the Franciscan Life Center will stop for lunch (not included in fare) at noon. At. 4:30 p.m., the bus will depart from the Washington Plaza Hotel for the basilica, where Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Blair and other bishops at 5:30.

On Jan. 22, Archbishop Blair will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Breakfast at 9 will follow (cost included in fare). At noon, pilgrims will gather at the National Mall in preparation for the March for Life to the United States Supreme Court. The return bus will depart at 5 for Connecticut.

The cost for the round-trip bus fare and breakfast is $110. Each pilgrim is responsible for the cost of his or her hotel room and other meals. A block of rooms has been held at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Download registration form here.

The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration has taken place since the passage of Roe. v. Wade in 1973. 


alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.