Bishop Burbidge Begins Day with Mass for the Gift of Human Life at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington; Parishioners from Most of Diocese's 70 Parishes to Participate in March 


ARLINGTON, Va. - On Friday, January 21, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, will join Christendom College in leading the annual March for Life down Constitution Avenue towards the U.S. Supreme Court. As in past years, parishioners from most of the Diocese's 70 parishes will also take to the streets in Washington on behalf of the right to life. The March is the world's largest pro-life event, held peacefully each year since the 1974, following the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion. The theme of this year's event is “Equality Begins in the Womb.”

“The annual March for Life is a powerful witness to essential truths that unite us: all of life is sacred and, thus, the life of the unborn child must be protected from the horror of abortion and life at every stage must be revered, cherished and treasured. As followers of Christ, we march peacefully each year in our nation's capital to give witness to these truths to a nation in which many in public office and others throughout our communities continue to reject them. Yet we will never despair nor tire of proclaiming the Gospel of Life, with firm belief in the power of God to transform hearts,” said Bishop Burbidge. “At the same time, Jesus taught that there is no sin greater than his love and mercy-he seeks to heal his people! We also stand ready, through many pastoral ministries, to assist parents who choose life and need support and care. May the Lord continue to bless the witness, sacrifices and goodness of all those who are at the service of life!”

The Mass for the Gift of Human Life will be celebrated by Bishop Burbidge on Friday, January 21, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, located at 3901 Cathedral Ln, Arlington, Va. 22203.

The March for Life Pre-Rally Concert takes place on the National Mall from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. immediately followed by the March. For information on logistics, events and COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, visit

On February 9, the Diocese of Arlington is participating in “Defending Life Day” in Richmond, Va., organized by the Virginia Catholic Conference. The citizen-lobbying initiative will assemble Virginians from every district in the Commonwealth to encourage their state representatives to vote in defense of human life on legislation before the General Assembly. To learn more or sign up, visit

A Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll released in January 2021 demonstrates widespread opposition to abortion on demand, with more than three-quarters of Americans (76%), including a majority who identify as pro-choice, indicating a desire for significant restrictions on abortion. See the full poll and overview here.

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers programs that provide confidential assistance to women in crisis pregnancies, through the Gabriel Project, and to women who have experienced the pain of abortion, through Project Rachel. For more information on the Gabriel Project, visit or call 703-841-3810 (confidential help line). For more information on Project Rachel, visit or call 703-841-2504 (confidential help line).

Additionally, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington's Pregnancy and Adoption Services offers women in crisis pregnancies assistance whether they decide to parent their children or create an adoption plan for their children. Visit or call 703-973-0129.

For more information, visit the Catholic Diocese of Arlington's website.

Interested media, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or

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The Catholic Diocese of Arlington was established on August 13, 1974, and is home to 70 parishes and more than 460,000 Catholics. There are currently 276 priests serving in the Diocese and 49 seminarians discerning a priestly vocation. The Diocese has 37 parish (K-8) schools, one virtual school, four diocesan high schools, five independent Catholic schools and three free-standing (not connected with a parish school) pre-schools, serving more than 16,800 students.

Geographically, the Diocese includes the seven cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester and the 21 counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland.