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.

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Pro-Life Activities

Visitation Chapel is Dedicated to Prayer for an End to Abortion

The Visitation Chapel has been established in the Gibb Office Building, 502 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND as a sacred space dedicated to prayer for an end to abortion. Every Wednesday, an 8 a.m. Mass is celebrated at the chapel, followed by Eucharistic Adoration at 8:30 a.m., which continues until 3:15 p.m. when Benediction takes place. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited at the Hour of Mercy, 3 p.m. Other prayer in the Chapel is intended for private devotion. Persons are needed to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on an hourly basis from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign up for your hour of prayer or for more information, please contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910. Read the New Earth story (PDF) about the chapel.

Priests are also able to sign up to offer Mass on Wednesdays at 8 a.m., or Benediction at 3:15 p.m. To schedule a date, please contact Rachelle at the number above or via email at rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org.

40 Days for Life North Dakota: Fall campaign - Sept. 24 to Nov. 2

40 Days for Life North Dakota will kick off it's fall campaign on Wed., Sept. 25, 9 a.m. at the state's only abortion facility, 512 1st Ave. North in Fargo.  The 40 Days for Life national campaign is a three-fold effort of prayer – fasting – peaceful vigil that is being conducted in hundreds of cities across our nation.  For more information or to sign up for your hour of prayer at the state’s only abortion facility in Fargo 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. 5 

The annual diocesan Eucharistic procession, Walk with Christ for Life, will be held Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 6, 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.

Youth Called to March for Life!

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, 2015. The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on Jan. 18 and return Jan. 23. Father Kurt Gunwall, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Fargo, 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. 18.  For more information, contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910, or email rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org.

National Night of Prayer: Dec. 8-9 

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.  A holy hour prayer guide and other prayer resources can be found in the resource section of the Respect Life Office webpage. The registration form (PDF) to join in this  effort should be sent to the national office. The poster (PDF) can be used to invite people in your parish to participate. 

Mass for God's Children: Feb. 13, 2014

St. Anthony of Padua Church, 710 10 Street South in Fargo, will host a Mass for God's Children on Thurs., Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.  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.

Luncheon with Steve Ray: Feb. 24, 2014

Swimming Upstream: Living the Catholic Life in a Pagan Culture is a present day struggle with age-old strategies for change. In the first three centuries Christians turned the world upside down for Jesus. How did they do it? They gave us a blueprint. All we have to do is study and follow their blueprint and pray for the blessing of God so we can re-evangelize our world to being a pro-life and Christian culture. Hear Steve Ray reveal the blueprint at a luncheon event on Mon., Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church in Fargo. Cost is $15/person. Registration is required. Print and mail registration form (PDF) in by Feb. 20, or call Rachelle, (701) 356-7910 to obtain a form. Download the poster (PDF).

 Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Fargo abortuary: April 18, 2014

Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be prayed at the Fargo abortuary, 512 1st Ave. North, at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18.  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.