Baltimore Archbishop asks for a day of fasting and prayers for Dobbs v. Jackson

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2022

Archbishop William E. Lori, along with Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released this message encouraging the faithful to participate in a national day of fasting and praying the Rosary. Archbishop Lori also extended an invitation for all to join him for Mass and the praying of the Rosary on May 13 at Baltimore’s Basilica of the Assumption at 7:30 a.m.

“In the midst of current tensions following the leak of a draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, I invite Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore to join the faithful throughout the country in fasting and praying the Rosary this Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:

  • For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.
  • For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
  • For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
  • For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
  • For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.

On Friday, I would encourage you to attend Mass at your parish or join me as I offer the 7:30 AM Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption. Following the Mass at the Basilica, I will lead a Rosary for anyone who wishes to join us. As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need.”


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Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore May 16, 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Archbishop Lori served as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., from 2001 to 2012 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1995 to 2001.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky., a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Lori serves as Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.