September 22, 2017

40 Days for Life starts on Sept. 27, more participants needed

Participants in a 40 Days for Life campaign midpoint rally hold pro-life signs in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Indianapolis on March 14, 2015. (File photo by Natalie Hoefer)

Participants in a 40 Days for Life campaign midpoint rally hold pro-life signs in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Indianapolis on March 14, 2015. (File photo by Natalie Hoefer)

Criterion staff report

40 Days for Life is an international campaign that seeks to end abortion through peaceful prayer vigils at abortion centers, and to raise community awareness of the consequences of abortion.

The campaign runs twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. During the 40-day campaigns, individuals silently pray during one-hour time slots in front of abortion centers around the world.

This year, the fall campaign runs from Sept. 27-Nov. 5, with Indianapolis and Bloomington participating within the archdiocese. Cities participating near archdiocesan boundaries include Evansville, Ind. (Evansville Diocese), Louisville, Ky. (Archdiocese of Louisville) and Cincinnati (Archdiocese of Cincinnati).

All campaigns are in need of volunteers to sign up to pray.

For more information or to sign up for a prayer time slot, log onto 40daysforlife.com and click on “Find a Campaign.”

For those without computer access, see each location below for a number to call for more information or to sign up.

Bloomington

The Bloomington 40 Days for Life campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 421 S. College Ave. Contact: Monica Siefker, 812-330-1535 or 812-345-7988, or monica.siefker@gmail.com.

Indianapolis

The Central Indiana (Indianapolis) 40 Days for Life campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 8590 Georgetown Road.

A kickoff rally will take place at St. John the Evangelist Church, 126 W. Georgia St., in Indianapolis, at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, featuring Father Rick Nagel, the parish’s pastor.

A closing ceremony will take place at St. John Church at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5. Ryan Bomberger, an Emmy Award winner and the founder of the Radiance Foundation, will be the keynote speaker. Bomberger was conceived in rape. His biological mother courageously gave him a chance to live and the chance to be loved by an adopted family. His life defies the myth of the ‘unwanted’ child.

Contact Debra Minott at 317-709-1502 or debra@goangels.org.

Evansville

The Evansville 40 Days for Life campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 125 North Weinbach Ave. Contact: Cathie Francis, 812-474-3195 or cfrancis@rtlswin.org.

Cincinnati

The Cincinnati 40 Days for Life campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the Planned Parenthood facility at 2314 Auburn Ave.

There will be several events held at this location during the fall campaign:

Kickoff rally, 7 p.m. on Sept. 27, featuring Shawn Carney, president and co-founder of 40 Days for Life.

Group prayer will be held each Friday from 7-8 p.m. at the vigil.

Contact: Mary Clark, 513-791-4039 or cincy40days@fuse.net.

Louisville

The Louisville 40 Days for Life campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center at 138 W. Market St. Contact: Laura and Adam Grijalba, 502-475-5403 or la.grijalba@att.net. †

 

Related: Annual Respect Life Sunday Mass, Life Chain events set for Oct. 1

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