Nationwide Invitation to Prayer

From The Office of Archbishop Naumann

The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Committee on Pro-Life Activities is inviting Catholics to join in this focused effort of prayer for the end of abortion and the protection of women and preborn children, beginning this Monday, March 25 through June 2024.

On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court 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 case is in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) promoting the availability of chemical abortion while ignoring risks to women and violating federal law. In short, the FDA has enabled a nationwide mail-order abortion industry and turned neighborhood pharmacies into chemical abortion providers.

While the Supreme Court case is not about ending chemical abortion, it can restore limitations that the FDA has overridden. When a Supreme Court decision is released, probably in June, we can expect a public and political reaction similar to the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

The USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities is inviting Catholics to join a focused effort of prayer for the end of abortion and the protection of women and preborn children, beginning on March 25, the eve of the oral arguments, and the anniversary of St. John Paul II’s landmark, pro-life encyclical, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium vitae). In particular, we will invoke the intercession of St. Joseph, Defender of Life with this prayer (en español):

In English: 
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.

En Español:
Amadísimo san José:
Ante el pedido de un ángel,
amorosamente llevaste a María a tu hogar.
Como humilde siervo de Dios,
guiaste a la Sagrada Familia
por el camino hacia Belén,
acogiste a Jesús como tu hijo
en el refugio de un pesebre,
y huiste lejos de tu patria para
la seguridad de la Madre y el Hijo.

Alabamos a Dios porque tú,
siendo su fiel protector,
nunca dudaste sacrificarte
por quienes fueron
encomendados a ti.
Que tu ejemplo nos inspire
también para acoger, atesorar y proteger
el más preciado don de la vida
que nos regala Dios.

Ayúdanos a comprometernos con fidelidad
para servir y defender la vida humana
—en especial donde es
vulnerable o esté amenazada.
Obtennos la gracia de hacer la voluntad de
Dios en todas las cosas.

We ask Catholics to offer this prayer daily, from March 25 until the June Supreme Court decision is issued. Online and print versions of the prayer can be found at

Thank you for responding to this invitation to pray for an end to all abortions and for the protection of women and preborn children. St. Joseph, Defender of Life, pray for us!