The 24th annual National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers will take place Jan. 19, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
The interdenominational prayer service takes place every year in conjunction with, and on the morning of the March for Life.
“Each year we begin the commemoration of the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade with this prayer service that brings together clergy from dozens of denominations, all of us united in our fight to bring an end to abortion,’’ said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council.
Christian recording and YouTube artist Joyce Im Bartholomew will perform at the service. David and Jason Benham, formerly the stars of the HGTV show “Flip it Forward,” will be the guest speakers.
Alan Sears, founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, will receive the 2018 National Pro-Life Recognition Award.
Mrs. Bartholomew is a conservative Christian from the greater Los Angeles area who has been performing since the age of 8. She studied in Chicago, worked as an actress on the stage, screen and television in Canada and released her first album in Nashville. Her YouTube videos for “What Was Your Name,” “Fight for Our Marriage” and “Please Forgive Me” have received more than 14 million hits collectively.
A resident of Naples, FL, where she lives with her husband and their two children, she is an outspoken advocate for the unborn.
"What a blessing it is to be able to lead the worship hymns for the National Prayer Service for the March for Life 2018 and to perform my original songs written for benefit concerts for pregnancy crisis centers, Mrs. Bartholomew said. “I am so grateful that my pro-life song, ‘What Was Your Name,’ continues to impact our culture and the lives of our mothers."
During the prayer service, Father Pavone also will lead a special tribute to Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the Roe v. Wade decision who became a pro-life advocate and called Father Pavone the catalyst who brought her into the Catholic Church. Ms. McCorvey died in February 2017.
Father Pavone and Ernie Ohloff, director of outreach for the National Right to Life Committee, serve on the organizing committee. Serving on the Host Committee are: Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network; Rich Bott, President, Bott Radio Network; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church; Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life, and Bradley Mattes, President and CEO, Life Issues Institute.
Sponsoring organizations for the 2018 event include the Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project; Life Issues Institute; City Life Center, Minneapolis, MN, and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA).
The service begins with a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. The National Memorial will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will be over in time for attendees to get to the March for Life Rally.
The event is free and open to the public. Large groups are welcome.
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.