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Registrations due Nov. 14 for March for Life trip

Spots are filling up fast for the archdiocese’s annual youth pilgrimage to the national March for Life, Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C.

High school students from around the archdiocese are invited to sign up for the Jan. 25-30 trip and join thousands of others from around the country at the 44th annual march to support life and protest abortion.

The deadline is Nov. 14, and registrations are running ahead of last year, said Whitney Bradley, coordinator of the archdiocese’s Respect Life Apostolate, which sponsors the event. "We recommend people register as soon as possible to ensure a spot."

A total of about seven buses will depart from Sacred Heart Church in Norfolk and St. Gerald Church in Ralston, Bradley said, accommodating up to 378 pilgrims.

"The March for Life pilgrimage is an opportunity to grow in faith and to bring about change in our culture," she said.

"Those who attend are able to give a voice to the most defenseless in our society – the unborn – and to build the culture of life as we pray and sacrifice for those mothers, families and babies who are most vulnerable in our own communities," Bradley said.

In Washington, the group’s itinerary will include the Life is Very Good Evening of Prayer Jan. 26, and Mass at the National Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 27, before the March for Life rally and march.

After the march, the pilgrims will travel to Philadelphia to tour historic sites, visit the shrines of American saints Katharine Drexel and John Neumann, and pray outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

Last year, 370 high school students, priests, religious sisters, archdiocesan staff and others from the archdiocese took part in the pilgrimage.

Cost for the pilgrimage is $500 per person. To register, go to For more information, contact Bradley at or 402-551-9003, ext. 1306.

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