* Bishop Malooly to celebrate live-streamed Mass for Life and Holy Hour for Life on Jan. 29th

January 11, 2021 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will preside at a Holy Hour for Life and a Mass for Life, on Friday, January 29, 2021. Both online events are a part of the National Prayer Vigil for Life sponsored by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Holy Hour will debut at 4:00 a.m., and the Mass will be live-streamed at 10:00 a.m. Both events will be shown on the diocesan YouTube channel, YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm and cdow.org/Respect-Life, and are from the beautiful and historic Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington, Delaware.

Catholics across the country are encouraged to observe a nationwide prayer vigil from Thursday, January 28 to Friday, January 29, 2021 marking the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 60 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.

The vigil will begin with a live broadcast at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28 from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. with a rosary, followed by Mass opening the National Prayer Vigil for Life. After the Mass and throughout the night, Holy Hours led by bishops from various dioceses around the country will be broadcast on the USCCB’s website (usccb.org). Bishop Malooly’s Holy Hour will debut at 4:00 a.m. on that site, as well as on YouTube.  The live-streamed Mass, available on the diocesan YouTube channel, is at 10:00 a.m. Both events will also be available at cdow.org/Respect-Life.

“In years past, thousands of pilgrims would attend the vigil at the Basilica, or the Youth Rally and Mass for Life, at the Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, D.C.,” said Bishop Malooly. “I was fortunate to be able to attend almost every year during my twenty years as a bishop to support our young church as they witness for life.  Although we are disappointed that this will not occur this year, we are pleased to be able to hold these online opportunities for prayer, in conjunction with the national observances.”

The Holy Hour for Life will include a rosary with diocesan deacons and seminarians offering reflections on the various Sorrowful Mysteries and how they relate to life issues facing our society. Long-time pro-life advocate, Deacon Robert Cousar, who ministers at Saint Joseph Church in Wilmington, and Transitional Deacon Michael Preston, from Saint Teresa Church in Port Deposit, Maryland, will speak. Seminarians Brennan Ferris, John Enemuo, and James Gebhart will also share their thoughts during the rosary. Bishop Malooly will be the presider and homilist at the live Mass at 10:00. Unfortunately, both events are online only due to coronavirus concerns. More information can be found at cdow.org/Respect-Life.

“Now, more than ever, our nation is in need of prayer for the protection of the unborn and the dignity of all human life,” said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, who is chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  “I am happy to be joined by bishops in dioceses across the country who are hosting pro-life prayer events, including during the overnight hours of Eucharistic adoration. I invite all Catholics to spend time with Our Lord and join in this nationwide vigil for life.”

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 27 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  There are over 240,000 Catholics in the diocese. Information about the diocese is available at www.cdow.org.

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