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 2018 March for Life and Winter Youth Festival will be held on Janurary 18-21st.
  • 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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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 $45.00 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).


  • Thursday, January 18th

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

  • Friday, January 19th

    7:30am Breakfast
    8:15am Small Groups
    9:00am Mass for Life
    10:30am Depart for March
    1:00pm March For Life
    4:00pm Snack
    6:30pm Adoration & Confessions
    7:30pm Evening Prayer
    8:00pm Dinner & Show

  • Saturday, January 20th

    8:30am Morning Prayer
    9:00am Breakfast & Welcome
    10:00am Intro Activities
    11 AM Opening Talk
    1:00pm Lunch
    1:30pm Competitions
    2:15pm Break-out Talk
    3:00pm Snack and Sports
    4:00pm Holy Mass
    5:15pm Break-out Talk
    6:15pm Rosary
    6:30pm Adoration & Confessions
    7:30pm Dinner & Show

  • Sunday, January 21st

    8:30am Closing Holy Mass at St. JPII Shrine
    9:45am Breakfast
    10:30am Tour Shrine
    12:00pm Departure

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