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On their feet, and on their knees: marching for life in Michigan

Diane M. Korzeniewski, who runs the excellent blog Te Deum laudamaus, alerts me to this striking photo essay,covering a march and mass in Michigan, conducted by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.


She reports a remarkable turnout — more than 500! — and gives a very good account with her pictures. Check it out.

The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants was founded by Brooklyn’s own Msgr. Philip Reilly in 1989. What started with a handful of people has now spread around the world. Last year, “Currents” covered a march in Brooklyn marking the group’s 20th anniversary. You can see that report here.


I’ve taken part in several of these marches — they stage them at my parish twice a year — and Msgr. Reilly has said there are three things that distinguish the “Helpers.”  First, they don’t “protest” — they simply march, sing, and pray.  It’s prayerful and non-confrontational.  Secondly, all the marches begin with a mass celebrated by a bishop, who then joins in the procession and leads the rosary.  Finally, the marches conclude with Benediction.    

Do keep this important group in your prayers. The “Helpers” are doing some phenomenal work.

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Diane Korzeniewski

posted September 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for the link, and for talking about the good work of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants – a model pro-life group, imho.
I think the number of turns last year in front of two clinics near my parish where the Helpers work daily was close to 700. This does not include those who change their mind without giving an indication.
The vast majority simply pray silently in front of the clinic, and a few a trained sidewalk counselors. They are very loving toward’s the people coming into the clinics, and not confrontational.
As an aside, the clergyman in the center is Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. His secretary, Fr. Charles Fox is in the left hand corner.

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