February 11, 2022

Annual spring 40 Days for Life campaign starts on March 2

Members of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Indianapolis promote respect for life outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Indianapolis on Oct. 12, 2019. (Criterion file photo)

Members of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Indianapolis promote respect for life outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Indianapolis on Oct. 12, 2019. (Criterion file photo)

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The 40 Days for Life 2022 spring campaign runs from March 2-April 10. Bloomington and Indianapolis are participating within the archdiocese. Campaigns near the archdiocese include Evansville, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; and Cincinnati.

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 and groups silently pray during one-hour time slots in front of abortion centers around the world.

The Indianapolis campaign also offers 24-hour coverage by inviting participants to sign up for an hour to pray at home between 7 p.m.-7 a.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Saturday through noon on Sunday. This is a great option for seniors, those who are sick, those who don’t drive and those who are concerned about being exposed to others due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomington

The campaign will take place outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 421 S. College Ave. To participate, call your parish to see if there is a parish

40 Days for Life coordinator, or sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/bloomington. For more information, contact Deacon Russell Woodard of Holy Trinity Parish in Edinburgh at 317-456-7722 or deaconrussw@gmail.com.

Indianapolis

The campaign will take place on the public right-of-way outside of the Planned Parenthood abortion center at 8590 Georgetown Road. Parking is available on the shoulder on both sides of Georgetown Road, just south of Planned Parenthood. Do not park in the lots of neighboring businesses, including Women’s Care Center. To participate either in-person or at home, call your parish to see if there is a parish

40 Days for Life coordinator, or sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/indianapolis. Check back with the website for information on opening, mid-point and closing rallies. For more information, contact Tim O’Donnell at 317-372-0040 or idipsumsapere@me.com.

Join Archbishop Charles C. Thompson at the site for the Knights of Columbus’ nighttime vigil from 7 p.m. on April 1 through 7 a.m. on April 2. Archbishop Thompson will lead the Stations of the Cross and a rosary for life at 7 p.m.

Information for cities participating near archdiocesan boundaries include:

• Evansville, Ind.: 125 N. Weinbach, sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/evansville or contact right to Life of Southwest Indiana at 812-474-3195 or cfrancis@rtlswin.org.

• Louisville, Ky.: 136 W. Market St., sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/louisville or contact Carol Masters at 502-424-6446 or 40daysforlifelouisville@gmail.com.

• Cincinnati: 2314 Auburn Ave., sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/cincinnati or contact Mary Clark at 513-365-2606 or cincy40days@fuse.net. †

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