Respect Life / Pro-Life

The mission of the Respect Life Office is to proclaim and defend a fundamental truth of our faith: the God-given, inviolable dignity of every person. By utilizing the resources of the universal Church, this office strives to foster the Culture of Life by means of education and prayer. Learn more through our specific apostolic works: pro-life activities and education, post-abortion care, chastity education, natural family planning.

Pro-Life Activities

Prayer Apostolate for Life

In June of 2011 Archbishop Samuel Aquila opened the Visitation Chapel, located next to the abortion facility in downtown Fargo.  Every Wednesday during the past four years Mass has been offered and Eucharistic Adoration held during the day for the intentions of the women entering the abortion facility, those who work to promote abortion, and for the furthering of a culture of life.  This past March the building where the Visitation Chapel is located changed ownership.  As is common with rental property changes, lease terms change as well.  As a result, the Chapel will be closing.  The final Mass will be offered on May 27 at 8 a.m.

Our prayer to further the culture of life will continue.  Beginning Wed., June 3, you are invited to be part of the Prayer Apostolate for Life by joining us every Wednesday between 10-11:30 a.m. at the Pastoral Center, 5201 Bishops Blvd., Fargo.  The prayer time will open with the recitation of the Rosary, followed by private meditation and close with the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 11:15 a.m.  Please come to pray in solidarity for all the babies whose lives are daily threatened by abortion, for the conversion of hearts of those who are involved with abortion, for our side walk advocates and the needs of the post abortion ministries in the diocese.  If you are not able to join us in person for prayer, but would like to receive prayer intentions of the apostolate, please contact Rachelle, rachelle(dot)sauvageau(at) to join the e-mail prayer list. 

40 Days for Life North Dakota: Fall campaign - Sept. 23 to Nov. 1, 2015

40 Days for Life North Dakota participates in the national campaign of prayer – fasting – peaceful vigil on an annual basis.  For more information visit:; in Fargo call (701) 356-7979 or contact the Pregnancy Help Center at (701) 284-6601 or phc(at)polarcomm(dot)com 

Walk with Christ for Life: Oct. 4, 2015 

The annual diocesan Eucharistic procession, Walk with Christ for Life, will be held Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Cathedral of St. Mary, 604 Broadway, Fargo. The day’s events will begin with Holy Mass at Noon, followed by a prayerful, peaceful procession to the state’s only abortion facility. A short prayer service will be held outside the abortion facility, then those gathered will return to the Cathedral for Benediction.

Mass for God's Children: Nov. 5, 2015

A Mass for God's Children will be offered Nov. 5, 7 p.m. at St. James Basilica, Jamestown, ND.  Bishop Folda will be the main celebrant.  Parents who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth or who have experienced an early infant loss are invited to a Mass for God's Children.  Family, friends and laity are welcome to attend.  A reception will follow.  For more information contact Rachelle, (701) 356-7910 or email rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org.

 National Night of Prayer: Dec. 8-9, 2015 

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed by a National Night of Prayer that takes place from 9 p.m., Dec. 8 to 1 a.m., Dec. 9. This is a time of prayer dedicated to the end of abortion.  Parishes can offer Eucharistic Adoration during this time period in union with hundreds of other churches across our nation.  Parishes are asked to register with the national office.  Prayer resources can be found on the national site.

 Youth Called to March for Life! Jan. 18-23, 2016

Youth in grades 9-12 from across the Diocese of Fargo are invited to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22, 2016.  The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on Jan. 18 and return Jan. 23. Father Greg Haman, Parochial Vicar for St. Michael's Church, will be our spiritual director. In addition to participating in the March and the Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, youth will also travel to Emmitsburg, MD to visit the Mother Seton Shrine, and see the sights of Washington, D.C. The cost for the 6-day pilgrimage is $830 and includes air and ground travel, lodging, meals and tour fees. Registration (PDF) can be mailed in, deadline is Oct. 15.  For more information, contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910, or email rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org

Luncheon with Jennifer Fulwiler: Feb. 29, 2016

Jennifer Fulwiler will be the guest speaker at a luncheon event on Mon., Feb. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information call Rachelle, (701) 356-7910.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Fargo abortuary: April 3, 2015

Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be prayed at the Fargo abortuary, 512 1st Ave. North, at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 3.  Please join us as we commemorate our Lord's Passion and Death and pray for those who promote and have been wounded by the abortion experience.  For more information, contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910.  

"Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2319.