Bishop Richard F. Stika is inviting parishioners from across the Diocese of Knoxville to be witnesses for God and the sanctity of life on Jan. 10 as the diocese once again holds its Rosary for Life in front of Planned Parenthood’s clinic at 710 N. Cherry Street.
His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali will lead participants in prayer beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Despite inclement weather, last year’s rosary and vigil drew an estimated 250 people from Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities with pro-life supporters lining sidewalks and streets in front of the clinic.
“We were extremely pleased with the turnout and the number of people who braved the rainy weather to travel to the Rosary for Life,” said Paul Simoneau, diocesan vice chancellor and director of Justice and Peace, after the event.
“I asked the (Sisters) Handmaids of the Precious Blood to pray for a break in the weather. They offered a special intention and kept a prayer vigil through the night. The weather broke at 10 o’clock, just as the Rosary started,” he said.
Saturday will mark the fifth year for the Rosary for Life.
Last year, Cardinal Rigali prayed in English and Spanish, remembering victims of abortion clinics around the world and in Knoxville.
“Through the light of your witness and prayers, a witness of hope and love, this site across the street where innocent blood is spilled and so many lives are forever wounded will someday instead become a place of light and healing,” Cardinal Rigali said.
“We are honored to once again have His Eminence, Cardinal Rigali lead the 2015 vigil,” said Mr. Simoneau.
“His presence reminds us that God’s grace is everywhere. We also pray that this year’s Rosary for Life once again reminds all people that life, including the lives of the unborn, is precious and should be protected,” Mr. Simoneau added.