The 2019 Youth Rally and Mass for Life will be held at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C . The doors to the Arena will open at 6:15 AM and close at 7:15 AM.
Born and raised in Colombia, Javier Ivan Diaz is a musician, on-air personality and teacher who has been composing music since he was just 1 7. Holding a master of arts in choral conducting and bachelor of music, Ivan began his college career at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. After moving to the US, he completed his degrees at Florida Atlantic University.
In addition to his role as music director, Ivan is a high school choral director and his youth ensembles perform constantly in Florida. Some of his most notable works include, his first album with Escuela de Alabanza/Minuto de Dios and his first independent album Nacer de Nuevo, recorded in 2001. He has been featured as a special guest on EWTN’s Nuestra Fe en Vivo, and in late 2014, he released his first album with OCP, Honor y Gloria a El, a contemporary Spanish-language collection. His songs and arrangements are also included in several collections from OCP, including, most recently, Bendito, Bendito, a Spanish-language contemporary album with songs for adoration.
Ivan is involved in diocesan youth conventions, Hispanic charismatic conventions, music workshops and other events all across the country. He hopes that his music and testimony become instruments for all to experience the love of God.
Currently, he lives in Miami, Florida, where he serves as director of music at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church.
Rachel and PJ Anderson
We believe that life is a gift. We exist to connect willing people with life-giving causes. One step at a time.
This is just the beginning. GiveLife is a brand new movement made up of compelled, loving individuals, coming together to do our part in building a culture of life. We will take baby steps together to mobilize life-giving individuals, organizations, and businesses around the country to unite and offer measurable, practical ways to spread life in the world. Our conversations strive to transcend politics and religion, and division surrounding “the issues.” At the same time, we want our lives to match our words, as we seek to find how we can DO what we believe to be true.
Rachel and PJ Anderson are the founders of Give Life, along with their friends Britt and Cadle Edwards. PJ is a full time Christian Worship Artist who travels the world with a mission of helping lead others deeper into prayer through his gifts of music. Rachel is the VP of E-Commerce for an online website. Rachel and PJ life in Nashville, TN and have three beautiful kids. During the pregnancy of their first child, they faced life threatening and life changing challenges. During that time they needed to lean on family and friends. Their own experiences prompted them to want to help other mothers and babies in need.
Obianuju (Uju for short) Ekeocha is an internationally acclaimed pro-life speaker and strategist.
She is the founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion and defense of the African values of the sanctity of life,beauty of marriage, blessings of motherhood and the dignity of family life. Culture of Life Africa answers the assaults on these values with African women’s voices.
Culture of Life Africa has proposed,organized and facilitated many major pro-life conferences and March for Life rallies in Africa.
Uju has advised many African Members of Parliament, African United Nations delegates , Ambassadors and other decision makers on pro-life and pro-family issues. She has also worked closely with many African Religious Leaders to promote pro-life values in different countries. She has co-authored pro-life declarations with various African catholic bishops conferences promoting the message of life in Africa.
Uju’s writings and blog posts have been published on many online outlets, including the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of the Laity web site, Catholic Online, Catholic Exchange, Catholic Stand and Life Site News, as well as print outlets such as Catholic Herald (a prominent Catholic newspaper of the U.K.). Uju has been welcomed as a speaker at pro-life events in 40 cities and 15 different countries around the world and on numerous broadcast networks, including BBC television and radio, EWTN television and radio, Ave Maria Radio, and Relevant Radio.
Consistent with her love for the wonder of life, Uju is also a specialist biomedical scientist in Haematology, working at a Hospital in the United Kingdom. Prior to her current position, she was a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. She holds a Masters degree in biomedical science from the University of East London and a Bachelors degree in microbiology from the University of Nigeria. Uju was born in southeast Nigeria, the youngest of six children, and has resided in the U.K. since 2006.
How do I prepare my youth?
Here are some great ideas:
Pray the rosary or prepare a prayer service for the bus ride
If you have a long bus ride, watch a prolife movie on the way
Spiritually adopt a baby before the Youth Rally
Ask a student who has attended before to give a brief witness on the impact of going to the Youth Rally and National March for Life
Stay involved year round!
Do you have other ideas? Share them with us!
What am I allowed to bring?
Drawstring bags with one pocket, NOT BACKPACKS, are allowed along with outside food and water. Please note that there will be a security bag check at Capital One Arena. Please try to limit the number of bags you bring into the arena.
Outside groups are not allowed to distribute any materials at the Youth Rally and Mass for Life. Groups distributing materials may be asked to leave.
Please do not bring stickers, large banners or poles.
Can you help me find a place to stay?
Occasionally we hear of openings at some of our parishes, but please note – due to the massive amount of time and attention that goes into hosting this event, we do not have the capacity to manage a full listing of parishes that host groups and their current availability.
The Youth Rally and Mass for Life occurs each year in conjunction with the annual National March for Life held on (or near) the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision making abortion legal in this country.
The Rally strives to encourage the youth participating in the national March for Life in their witness as disciples of Christ and promoters of the Gospel of Life. It is the largest annual archdiocesan event, which in many ways has grown to become a national (even international) event with pilgrims traveling from as far away as the US Virgin Islands and Australia.
Join us in prayer that as a nation, we may stop wandering in the wilderness of the culture of death and may enter into “life in abundance” (Jn 10:10) through our faith in Jesus Christ and our proclamation of the Gospel of Life.