March for Life & Winter Youth Festival Washington, DC

  • Registration


    If your parish youth group would like to join us for either/both of the events please register using the Google Form below.

    ✏️️ Registration Form

    ✏️️ Release and Consent Form

  • Date


    The 2017 March for Life and Winter Youth Festival will be held on Janurary 27-29.
  • Contact Info

    Contact Info

    For any questions related to March for Life with the Institute of the Incarnate Word or the Winter Youth Festival, please contact Fr. Christopher Etheridge.

    Phone: (301) 773-3635

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UPDATE: Holy Mass for the IVE March for Life (Friday, Jan. 27th) will begin at 9:30 am

About the March

Annually in January, crowds of families, priests and drum-towing religious gather together and march on the streets of downtown Washington, DC, to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Before the march, the IVE seminary hosts a Mass for Life, breakfast, and a series of conferences and group sessions designed to educate participants on various life-related issues. After the march, participants return to the seminary for hot chocolate. The day ends with Evening Prayer and a dinner featuring live musical acts and a show.

About the Winter Youth Festival

Following the March for Life events on Friday afternoon, Friday evening kicks-off our annual Winter Youth Festival at the Ven. Fulton Sheen Seminary. The Youth Festival, which is modeled after our summer event runs until Sunday. Youth from eigth grade to seniors in high school are encouraged to take part in the event, which features formative talks, time for sports and competitions, Adoration and Confessions, Holy Mass, and time to hang-out with religious priests, seminarians and sisters from our Religious Family. Meals are provided, but to cover the cost we ask that each participant pay $40.00 for the whole weekend. If particular groups need housing arrangements we can always make those for you.

This year's theme will focus on the words of Jesus to His disciples, of yesterday and today, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12).

Our speakers for this year:

Dr. Frank J. Moncher, Ph.D. - Divine Mercy University

Mrs. Maria Hamm - Archdiocese of Washington, DC

Fr. Luke Joseph Leighton, CFR - Franciscan Friar of the Renewal

Mrs. Amy Ambrose - Former FOCUS Missionary


  • Thursday, January 26th

    5:00pm National Prayer Vigil for Life
    8:30pm Dinner

  • Friday, January 27th

    8:00am Morning Prayer
    9:30am Holy Mass
    11:30am Depart for March
    4:30pm Snack
    6:30pm Adoration & Confessions
    7:30pm Evening Prayer
    8:00pm Dinner & Show

  • Saturday, January 28th

    9:00am Holy Mass
    9:45am Breakfast & Welcome
    10:30am Opening Plenary Talk
    11:30am Activities & Games
    1:00pm Lunch & Show
    2:30pm Workshop Session I
    3:30pm Break
    4:00pm Workshop Session II
    5:30pm Rosary
    6:00pm Adoration & Confessions
    7:00pm Evening Prayer
    7:30pm Dinner & Show

  • Sunday, January 29th

    8:30am Holy Mass
    10:00am Breakfast

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