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, education and Project Rachel Ministry post-abortion care.

9DAYSforLIFE Novena

9 Days for Life is a "digital pilgrimage" of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life.  A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information and suggested actions.  Join and learn more at


Pro-Life Activities

Prayer Apostolate for Life

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 Chapel, 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.

Youth Called to March for Life! Jan. 14-20, 2018

group outside Supreme Court building, Washington, DC

Youth in grades 9-12 from across the Diocese of Fargo are invited to participate in the 44th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 19, 2018.  The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on Jan. 14 and return Jan. 20. Father Greg Haman 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 7-day pilgrimage is $850 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

ADULT Pilgrimage to the March for Life set for Jan. 15-20, 2018

The Respect Life Office is hosting an Adult Pilgrimage to the March for Life this Jan. 15-20, 2018 in Washington D.C.  Pilgrims will take a one-day bus trip to Emmitsuburg, MD and Gettysburg, PA, visit the St. John Paul II Shrine, attend the Vigil Mass for Life, participate in the March for Life on Jan. 27, and tour Washington D.C.  Cost for the journey is $1330 - $1880 depending on hotel occupancy, and includes air fare from Fargo to Washington D.C., ground transportation, accommodation and tour fees.  Pilgrims will pay for their own meals and airline baggage fees.  Registration and $300 deposit deadline is Oct. 15. Space is limited. For more information contact Rachelle at 701-356-7910 or e-mail rachelle.sauvageau(at)fargodiocese(dot)org

A Time of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession to be held Jan. 20 & 28, 2018

Each year the Catholic Church observes the anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court abortion decision.  The Respect Life Office - Project Rachel Ministries will be offering A Time of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession Jan. 20 and 28 as a way to include local communities in the healing that needs to take place if we are to build a culture of life and be servants of forgiveness and healing to those suffering in the aftermath of abortion.  Through reflections and testimonies offered as part of the day's service, together with intercessory prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we will gather to pray and intercede on behalf of our nation, seeking forgiveness and healing in God's merciful love.

The following parishes are hosting A Time of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession:

Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9 a.m.–12 Noon.  Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. followed by a  light lunch.
St. John’s Church, 115 North 2nd Street, Wahpeton ND
For more information contact Connie: 701-642-4312

Sun. Jan. 28, 2018, 1-4 pm. Mass will be offered at 3 p.m. followed by a light meal.
St. Stanislaus Church, 6098 County Road 4, Warsaw ND
For more information contact Mary Pat: 701-248-3077

Teresa Tomeo to Speak at Pro-Life Luncheon Feb. 26, 2018

Teresa Tomeo, host of Catholic Connection, will be the guest speaker at a Pro-Life Luncheon event on Mon., Feb. 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church, Fargo.  Teresa will speak on "Bringing America back to LIFE".  She will offer guests ways we can inspire our culture to a greater respect for all human life from conception to natural death.  Cost is $15/person, registration required.  For more information email: rachelle(dot)sauvageau(at) or by call Rachelle 701-356-7910.  Sponsored by the Fargo Diocese Respect Life Office.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Fargo abortuary: March 30, 2018

Bishop Folda will lead the faithful in Good Friday Stations of the Cross on March 30 at the Fargo abortuary, 512 1st Ave. North, at 10 a.m.  Please join us as we commemorate our Lord's Passion and Death and pray for the conversion of those who promote abortion and for God's healing forgiveness to be received by all person who have been wounded by the abortion experience.  For more information, contact Rachelle at (701) 356-7910.  

40 Days for Life North Dakota: Fall campaign - Sept. 27 to Nov. 5, 2017

People outside abortion clinic

Mark your calendars for the start of our state's 40 Days for Life North Dakota campaign!  The faithful of the Fargo Diocese are encouraged to participate in the national campaign of prayer – fasting – peaceful vigil.  The Fargo campaign will begin on Wed,. Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of the abortion facility, 512 1st Ave. No. in Fargo.  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. 7, 2018

The annual diocesan Eucharistic procession, Walk with Christ for Life, will be held Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 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.

Procession of people in the street

Mass for God’s Children: Nov. 6, 2018

Bishop Folda will offer a Mass for God’s Children on Tues., Nov. 6, 7 p.m. at St. Therese the Little Flower Church in Rugby, ND.  This Memorial Mass for children who have died before baptism is offered for families who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or young child death.  A memorial rose and name card will be provided for families who have lost a child.  If you would like to reserve a rose and name card, please complete and return the registration form by Nov. 1 to the Respect Life Office or complete the online registration form.  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, 2017

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.