For Immediate Release
Annual event in Denver to showcase solidarity of prolife movement
Denver, CO—Thousands of prolife advocates are expected to “bring their joy” this Saturday at the state Capitol for the annual Celebrate Life rally and march in a grand show of unity and solidarity for life.
“This is going to be a powerful witness of the dignity of human life at every age and every stage,” said Lynn Grandon, Respect Life Office program director at Catholic Charities of Denver. “There is a wonderful, growing contingent of people who are joy-filled and energetic about valuing every single human life.”
“Bring your joy” is the theme of the 2018 Celebrate Life rally and march on Jan. 13 that will gather people from across the Front Range. All are invited—from parents with infants in strollers, to youth groups, to senior citizens—to bear witness to the sanctity and value of life. The march is a peaceful demonstration held in witness to the dignity of life and in somber remembrance of the Roe v. Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion nationwide. Prolife advocates across the country participate in marches and at the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., to be held Jan. 19.
The Denver rally begins at 1 p.m. on the west steps of the state Capitol building with inspiring speakers, including Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado Christian University President Don Sweeting, the Sisters of Life, and Bethany Janzen of Students for Life of America. Chris Stefanick of Real Life Catholic will be the MC.
“Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have life.’ (John 10:10). That is enough of a reason to join the Celebrate Life rally and march,” Sweeting said. “But in this particular historical moment, when our culture is forgetting the foundation of our own humanness, it is especially important to affirm together the basis and blessing of human dignity.”
After the rally, pro-lifers will converge for a unified procession around Civic Center Park, joining a mariachi band and dancers. The event is preceded by a 11:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Aquila at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception downtown. Holy Ghost Parish and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. Several Spanish Masses will also be held, including an 11 a.m. Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodríguez at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Denver.
A schedule of events, along with parking maps and other details, is available online at respectlifedenver.org, with a media kit at respectlifedenver.org/media-kit. Those attending the rally and march are encouraged to share the march’s prolife logo and use the hashtags #CelebrateLife, #MarchForLife and #WhyWeMarch.
Nissa LaPoint, Public Relations and Media Manager