The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


CUA to Welcome About 1,800 Young People on Eve of March for Life

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22
WHERE: The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., N.E. 
Washington, D.C.

Pro-life pilgrims camp out in the DuFour Center.
On Thursday, Jan. 21, approximately 1,800 pro-life pilgrims will be greeted by Catholic University students as they arrive at CUA’s Raymond A. DuFour [Athletic] Center and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Thursday night, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Basilica and CUA will co-sponsor the National Prayer Vigil for Life. Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica’s Great Upper Church at 7 p.m. by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, who is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. More than 20,000 pilgrims traditionally attend this Mass.

The following morning, hundreds of CUA students will join the pilgrims in the 31st annual March for Life. CUA students attending the march will gather at 10:15 a.m. in Caldwell Hall’s auditorium to prepare for the event downtown.

Students can sign up to march or volunteer for overnight hospitality at  


To cover this event at Catholic University, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.