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Bishop Conley thanks 40 Days pro-lifers
Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley sent the following letter dated June 8 to participants of the 40 Days for Life campaign.
My dear brothers and sisters,
Looking back on the spring “40 Days for Life” campaigns held in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, I wish to express my personal gratitude to all who participated in this initiative. I am grateful for the sacrifice of your time, whether by participating in the peaceful prayer vigils outside of Planned Parenthood or by praying at home or in your parish for an end to the evil of abortion. I want to also recognize and thank in a special way the campaign coordinators, Rosalinda Lozano (Denver), Linda O’Brien (Fort Collins) and Bob Gilson (Boulder) for their generosity and tireless efforts.
Throughout the 40 days of focused prayer and outreach, over 25 parishes and 200 parishioners stood as prayerful witnesses in front of the abortion facilities in these three communities. Young and old came out to pray from those in strollers to those in wheelchairs. It was wonderful to see young children leading the rosary for groups like the Knights of Columbus as well as for other parish ministry groups.
We will never know for certain how many babies were saved or how many hearts were converted, but it is vital that we, as Catholic Christians along with all people of good will, stand in solidarity with the babies and their parents in this spiritual battle.
As we await the startup of the 2011 fall “40 Day for Life” campaign, the summer months provide an excellent opportunity to sustain the great strides we have made in providing a Catholic witness in the face of the evil of abortion. I encourage all of you who have taken part in the prayer vigils in the past to continue to pray outside one of the abortion facilities in these three communities—and bring a friend. I extend a special invitation to those of you who have not yet participated, please come.
May the Holy Spirit be our guide and strength and may Mary, Mother of our Lord and Mother of the Church, be our model of prayer in perseverance and trust.
United in prayer through the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
+ Most Rev. James D. Conley, S.T.L.
Auxiliary bishop of Denver