Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.

The 25th anniversary year of Evangelium vitae gives us a wonderful opportunity to assess, expand, and communicate resources to pregnant moms and families in need. We are inviting parishes, through the support of their bishop and pastor, to join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”

For this Year of Service, the Pro-Life Committee is developing educational, pastoral, and action-oriented resources for parish use, such as:

  • Tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need.

  • Ideas for improving parish responses.

  • Prayers for building a culture of life and a civilization of love.

  • Reflections on the teachings of Evangelium vitae,
    Evangelii gaudium, and Laudato si'.


Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service kicked off on March 25—the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation. 


Archbishop Naumann celebrated Mass to mark this important day. Watch as he talks about Walking with Moms in Need and the Gospel of Life(Homily begins at 22:00.)

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At the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Archbishop Naumann explained the inspiration behind Walking with Moms in Need and shared about his recent meeting with Pope Francis, in which he shared news about the upcoming initiative.


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