Annual March for Life Jan. 22 at the State Capitol

The annual Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life March for Life will be held at the State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 22, to mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

The public is encouraged to attend events observing this anniversary in an effort to end abortion. For more information about the march, contact MCCL at 612-825-6831 or

John Sells of Sauk Centre holds a Knights of Columbus sign in the crowd marching around the State Capitol grounds at last year’s March for Life. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)

An ecumenical prayer service for life, sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul prior to the rally.

The 30-minute March for Life begins at noon outside on the Capitol steps south of the Capitol building. Marchers will follow a circular route around the Mall grounds. At 12:30 p.m. marchers will gather for a pro-life program on the Capitol steps. MCCL will present its legislative agenda for the upcoming session and introduce lawmakers in attendance. The program will conclude by 1 p.m. Some citizens meet with their own state lawmakers after the March for Life.

In case of severe weather, check Twin Cities’ news outlets, visit or call MCCL at 612-825-6831.

Four buses to take groups to march

Buses for the MCCL March for Life Monday, Jan. 22, will depart from several locations in the St. Cloud Diocese. Those who attend should bring a sack lunch and dress warmly.

The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family hosts a bus that leaves the St. Anthony Church parking lot in St. Cloud at 7:45 a.m., following the 7:15 a.m. Mass at the church.

The bus will pick up marchers at St. John Church in Foley at 8:10 a.m. and at St. Luke Church in Clearwater at 9 a.m. It will arrive at the Cathedral of St. Paul in time for the 10:30 a.m. ecumenical prayer service.

Participants will march to the Capitol from the cathedral. (The bus will be parked at the Capitol building.) The group will return to St. Cloud at approximately 4:15 p.m., with stops in Clearwater and Foley. A free will offering will be accepted to defer the cost of the bus. Call the Office of Marriage and Family at 320-252-4721 to reserve a space.

A bus will depart from the north parking lot of Coborn’s in Little Falls at 7:30 a.m., from the parking lot at St. Joseph Church in Pierz at 8 a.m. and the St. Michael Church parking lot in Buckman at 8:20 a.m. Call Floyd Richmond in Little Falls at 320-632-2880 or Dale Bierman in Pierz at 320-468-6225 by January 19 to reserve a space. This bus will drop passengers at the Cathedral for the prayer service. The bus will leave at 3:30 p.m. and return to Little Falls by 5 p.m.

A free bus sponsored by the Rockville Area MCCL will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Sts. Peter and Paul Church parking lot in Richmond and at 8:40 p.m. at the Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot in Rockville. The bus will arrive in time for the prayer service at the cathedral and is expected to return to Rockville about 4:15 p.m. To reserve seats, call Mary Ann Hermanutz at 320-252-3017, Joannie Tipplet at 320-685-3953 or Roger Schlangen at 320-597-3289. People from any area are welcome to ride this bus.

A bus will pick up passengers at Voigt Motorcoach Terminal, 24243 Co. Rd. 7, St. Augusta at 6:45 a.m., at St. Marcus Church in Clear Lake at 7:15 a.m., at St. Lawrence Church in Duelm at 7:40 a.m., at Mary of the Visitation Church in Becker at 8:05 a.m., at Mary of the Visitation Church in Big Lake at 8:25 a.m., St. Andrew Church in Elk River at 8:50 a.m., at St. Katherine Drexel Church in Ramsey, Minnesota, at 9:10 a.m. Passengers will be dropped at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 10 a.m. and the bus will park at the Capitol. The bus will return to St. Augusta by 4:15 p.m., with other stops beforehand. To reserve seats, call Al Goblirsch at 763-441-1006 or email him at A voluntary contribution would be appreciated.

The Sauk Centre MCCL will sponsor a free bus that leaves from the Walmart parking lot in Sauk Centre at 9:15 a.m., from St. Mary Church parking lot in Melrose at 9:30 a.m. and the parking lot across the street from Charlie’s Café in Freeport at 9:45 a.m. (This bus heads directly to the

Capitol building and will not be stopping at the Cathedral of St. Paul.) Passengers will return to Sauk Centre about 4 p.m. To reserve seats, call Mary Reuter at 320-250-9904, Maria Minette at 320-267-3230 or JoAnn Lahr at 320-352-3189.

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