Arlington Bishop celebrates Mass for the gift of life and prays in front of abortion clinic

April 18, 2018


ARLINGTON, Va.  – On Saturday, April 21, beginning at 9 a.m., Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington and afterward pray a Rosary in front of the Falls Church Healthcare Center - an abortion facility in Falls Church, Virginia.  

The purpose of the Mass and Rosary is to give thanks for the gift of human life in all its stages and pray for the protection of women and children who are in imminent danger from the violence of abortion.

The turnout is expected to be large, with an estimated 100-150 Christendom College students attending. While on any given Saturday, the college’s Shield of Roses pro-life club has around 15-20 people praying outside the Falls Church Healthcare Center, this weekend is the group’s “Mega Shield.” Also, students from several diocesan high schools are also expected to participate.



When:           Saturday, April 21

What:            Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington
                      9-10 a.m.

                      Rosary (On the public sidewalk around the) Falls Church Health Care Center, 900 S. Washington                          Street, Falls Church 
                      Immediately following the Mass                      

The Mass and Rosary are sponsored by the Office for Marriage, Family, and Respect Life of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.