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.