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.

Pro-Life Activities

Youth carrying March for Life banner

In 2015, youth from North Dakota had the honor of carrying the lead banner for the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Youth Called to March for Life! Jan. 20-26, 2020

Youth are invite to pilgrimage poster

Youth in grades 9-12 from the Diocese of Fargo are invited to participate in the 47th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 2020.  The pilgrimage will begin in Fargo on Jan. 20 and return Jan. 26. Father Greg Haman will be the spiritual director. In addition to participating in the March and the Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, youth will see the sights of Washington, D.C., Emmitsburg, MD, and Gettysburg, PA. The cost for the 7-day pilgrimage is $860.00 and includes air and ground transportation, lodging, meals and tour fees.

  • Download a printable pilgrimage flyer (PDF).
  • Download the printable Registration Form (PDF).
  • Registration deadline: October 15. The number of pilgrims is limited. Registration will close when the number of spaces are filled.
  • Now available: online payments. Pilgrims may pay the deposit and make other payments to participate in the Youth Pilgrimage using the our secure online payment portal.

For more information, contact the Respect Life Office at (701) 356-7910.

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 the Respect Life Office.

40 Days for Life North Dakota: Sept. 25 to Nov. 3, 2019

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 and peaceful vigil.  The Fargo campaign will begin on Wed., Sept. 25 at 8:00 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. 6, 2019

The annual diocesan Eucharistic procession, Walk with Christ for Life, is scheduled for Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, 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: date TBA

Bishop Folda will offer a Mass for God’s Children in 2019 on date and at a location that has yet to be determined.  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 call (701) 356-7910.

National Night of Prayer: Dec. 8-9, 2019

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is observed by a National Night of Prayer that takes place from 9:00 p.m. on December 8 to 1:00 a.m. on December 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.

9 Days for Life Novena: January 14-22, 2020

Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life.  Pray for the respect of all human life with daily intentions, brief reflections and more.  Download a free mobile app, or sign up to receive the novena through daily emails or text message.  (A printable version is also available.)

Johnette Benkovic to Speak at Pro-Life Luncheon Feb. 18, 2019

Johnette Benkovic, executive producer and host of EWTN’s of Women of Grace, will be the guest speaker at a Pro-Life Luncheon event on Mon., Feb. 18, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Sts. Anne and Joachim Church social hall, Fargo.  Registration is closed.  Deadline was February 10th.  Sponsored by the Fargo Diocese Respect Life Office.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Fargo abortuary: April 10, 2020

Bishop Folda will lead the faithful in Good Friday Stations of the Cross on April 10, 2020, 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 the Respect Life Office.