Bishop urges Diocese's faithful to join in national prayer for an end to abortion

March 19, 2024 at 6:26 p.m.
A box of medication known generically as mifepristone and by its brand name Mifeprex, is seen in an undated handout photo. The pills are used to induce early abortion, but in more recent years have also been prescribed as part of a protocol for early miscarriage care. Ahead of an upcoming Supreme Court hearing on access to mifepristone pills, the U.S. bishops have announced a March-June prayer initiative to end abortion. OSV News photo/courtesy Danco Laboratories
A box of medication known generically as mifepristone and by its brand name Mifeprex, is seen in an undated handout photo. The pills are used to induce early abortion, but in more recent years have also been prescribed as part of a protocol for early miscarriage care. Ahead of an upcoming Supreme Court hearing on access to mifepristone pills, the U.S. bishops have announced a March-June prayer initiative to end abortion. OSV News photo/courtesy Danco Laboratories ((handout))


We have witnessed a widespread, renewed effort in our country, especially in this election cycle, to promote and foster the acceptance, accessibility and practice of abortion in its many insidious forms. 

On March 26, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in a case that has the potential to make a major impact in the widespread accessibility of chemical abortion (abortion pills). Chemical abortions are now the most common form of abortion in the United States.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced a nationwide invitation to prayer beginning on March 25 (the eve of the oral arguments), through June 2024, when the court's decision is expected.

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I encourage all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese to pray for the end of abortion and also to pray for and support the true health and wellbeing of expectant mothers and the children they bear in the womb.

The USCCB has recommended this prayer to St. Joseph:


Dearest St. Joseph, at the word of an angel, you lovingly took Mary into your home. As God’s humble servant, you guided the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem, welcomed Jesus as your own son in the shelter of a manger, and fled far from your homeland for the safety of both Mother and Child.

We praise God that as their faithful protector, you never hesitated to sacrifice for those entrusted to you. May your example inspire us also to welcome, cherish, and safeguard God’s most precious gift of life.

Help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life —especially where it is vulnerable or threatened. Obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things. Amen.


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We have witnessed a widespread, renewed effort in our country, especially in this election cycle, to promote and foster the acceptance, accessibility and practice of abortion in its many insidious forms. 

On March 26, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in a case that has the potential to make a major impact in the widespread accessibility of chemical abortion (abortion pills). Chemical abortions are now the most common form of abortion in the United States.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced a nationwide invitation to prayer beginning on March 25 (the eve of the oral arguments), through June 2024, when the court's decision is expected.

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I encourage all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese to pray for the end of abortion and also to pray for and support the true health and wellbeing of expectant mothers and the children they bear in the womb.

The USCCB has recommended this prayer to St. Joseph:


Dearest St. Joseph, at the word of an angel, you lovingly took Mary into your home. As God’s humble servant, you guided the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem, welcomed Jesus as your own son in the shelter of a manger, and fled far from your homeland for the safety of both Mother and Child.

We praise God that as their faithful protector, you never hesitated to sacrifice for those entrusted to you. May your example inspire us also to welcome, cherish, and safeguard God’s most precious gift of life.

Help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life —especially where it is vulnerable or threatened. Obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things. Amen.

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