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9 Days for Life: FAQ


Your prayers matter. Your sacrifices make a difference.

What is 9 Days for Life?

9 Days for Life is an opportunity to:
  • PRAY for the respect and protection of each person and his or her life.

  • GATHER together in prayer, action, and fellowship with others.

  • SHARE your experience online.

9 Days for Life is a focused period of prayer and action to build up a Culture of Life. Marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the centerpiece novena has as its overarching intention the end to abortion.

The novena also highlights many other aspects of respecting each other as ones whose "true identity [is] found in the unchangeable, permanent fact that we are created in God's image and likeness and called to an eternal destiny with him" (2015 Respect Life Month reflections).

why are the bishops asking us to join?

Each January 22 our nation marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case which legalized abortion during all nine months of pregnancy. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss—often in silence. 

As Catholics, we recognize the inherent dignity of every person in every circumstance and at every stage of life—from conception to death.

Yet we continue to see many threats to life and violence against it. We cannot look the other way. As Pope Francis noted during his visit to the United States, our "care for one another is care for Jesus himself."

When is it? 

Saturday, January 21 - Sunday, January 29, 2017

Who can participate?

Anyone who wants to join!

(Leaders in local parishes, schools, dioceses, ministries, and other organizations are encouraged to share 9 Days for Life using any of the tools available, and are invited to incorporate 9 Days for Life into their regular programming and/or to host special, related events during this time. Check back for updates to the LEADERS' TOOLKIT.)

How can I participate?

  • Automatically receive the 2017 novena by signing up TODAY for monthly email or text messages with new prayer intentions for life, reflections, actions and more!

    You can also download the free mobile app (iTunes / Google Play) to use in January or check back for updates on other ways to participate.

  • Leader Resources: Check back to* for updated promotional, prayer, and programmatic resources: social media kit; pulpit and bulletin announcements; promotional flyer, graphics, and articles for redistribution; youth/young adult ministry guide; pro-life Rosary prayer intentions; Holy Hour template; and more! (Most resources are available in both English and Spanish.)

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