More Than 12,000 Expected for Archdiocese’s Annual Rally for Life and Youth Mass: January 22

January 12, 2004

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will be joined by more than 12,000 teens, seminarians and other Catholics from around the region and nation at the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life on the 31st anniversary of legalized abortion:

Thursday, Jan. 22
9:00 a.m.: Rally (prayer, rock and rap music)
10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: Mass
MCI Center
601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

The 9:00 a.m. rally will feature performances by the hip-hop and rap-singing Fr. Stan Fortuna, recording artist and composer Steve Agrisano and the dynamic “Who Do You Say I Am?” band.

At 10:00 a.m., Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass, accompanied by Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington (VA) and other bishops and priests.

After the rally, Cardinal McCarrick, the bishops and many of the youth will head to the Washington Monument grounds for the National Rally and March for Life. Cardinal McCarrick also will participate in the annual Vigil Mass for Life, Wednesday, January 21, 8:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

The MCI Center’s doors open at 7:00 a.m. for this free event. Bus drop-off is on F Street; Metro stop is Gallery Place/Chinatown. Food is available from concessions and nearby restaurants.

Media requests: Susan Gibbs, 301-853-4516. General information on the rally: 301-853-4555.

Susan Gibbs or Mark Adkinson
Office of Communications
[email protected]