September 26, 2017

40 Days for Life campaign to begin Sept. 27 in Springfield

Story and photos by Carolee McGrath

People gather outside of Planned Parenthood in Springfield on Good Friday, April 14. Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski led the group in the rosary. The 40 days for Life Campaign will take place in the same location Sept. 27 through Nov. 5.


SPRINGFIELD – The international 40 Days for Life campaign begins Wednesday, Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 5.

In the Diocese of Springfield, volunteers are asked to pray and peacefully witness in front of Planned Parenthood, located at 3550 Main Street in Springfield.

40 Days for Life is an ecumenical prayer vigil with a mission of changing hearts and minds on abortion. The three components of the initiative include: prayer and fasting, peaceful witness and community outreach. Organizers are looking for parishes to sign up and dedicate one day of prayer during the campaign.

“One way parishes can participate is to ‘Adopt a Day’ during the 40 days. Parishioners can make their prayer and fasting in any way that works for them, in simple ways in their daily lives, at their parish, but all are encouraged to visit the vigil site,” stated Tim Biggins, chairman of the Springfield Diocese’s Pro-Life Commission in a letter to local volunteers.

Participants in the April 14 Good Friday prayer vigil pose in front of Planned Parenthood in Springfield.

The 40 Days for Life campaign is held each year to coincide with Respect Life Month in October and again during Lent. The campaign began in Bryan/College Station, Texas in 2004. Organizers launched the first nationally coordinated campaign in 2007. Since then, 13,305 babies have been spared from abortion.

The national campaign also reports 90 abortion clinics have closed and 154 clinic workers have quit.

Ramona Trevino is one such worker who shared her story in a video on the 40 Days for Life website. Trevino, who wrote the book Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back, worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sherman, Texas.

“I can’t imagine what it would have been like if someone was not there the day I walked out and asked for prayers. If they hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t be here,” said Trevino. “That’s when you have to remember your presence is necessary, even though you may not think that it is,” she continued.

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