Basilica participates in 32nd annual Life Chain

The Basilica of Saint Mary joined with other parishes from the Diocese of Arlington, as well as around one million people nationwide, for the 32nd annual Life Chain on October 6. Life Chain participants stand along a designated sidewalk, hold pro-life signs and pray for an end to abortion.

“This is a peaceful way to remind people that we love them,” said Father Nicholas Blank, a Parochial Vicar at the Basilica of Saint Mary. “We are not here out of hate or anger towards anyone. We love the unborn and we want to encourage people to show the same love.”

Parishioners from the Basilica were assigned to the heavily traveled Franconia Road in Springfield.

“Hopefully what we are doing will have an effect on the people who drive by,” said Father Edward Hathaway, Rector of the Basilica of Saint Mary. “We want to be out in the midst of our community and in the town square, not just relegated to our parish property. It is critical that we do something to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

“There is honestly strength in numbers,” said Matt Connell, a Basilica parishioner. “When people see how many of us are supporting this cause, it could make them think about the issue a little more.”

“I think it is important to do things that get me out of my comfort zone,” said Bethann Garcia, a Basilica parishioner. “I wanted to be here to give public witness to our message of life.”

Life Chain is held annually on the first Sunday in October. Click here for a photo gallery from this year’s Life Chain.

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