The 40 Days for Life campaign will start with a rally at Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 Northwest Expressway, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.
Oklahoma City is one of more than 300 cities conducting simultaneous 40 Days for Life campaigns through Nov. 5.
“We start this effort by drawing members of the community together to share the vision of 40 Days for Life and to pray for God’s blessings on this effort. It is time to focus attention on the harm abortion has done to our city,” said Dale Dirkschneider, coordinator of 40 Days for Life.
Speakers at the 40 Days for Life kickoff event include Archbishop Coakley, Rep. Kevin Calvey and his wife Toni, and Margo MacRobert, archdiocesan coordinator of Rachel’s Vineyard, and others.
“This will mark the start of 40 days of prayer and fasting with special attention to prayer in the public right-of-way outside the abortion facility at 6112 N.W. 63 in Warr Acres as well as various types of community outreach. We look forward to seeing what kind of transformation God will bring about in our city.”
All prayer vigil participants are asked to sign a statement of peace, pledging to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at all times.
40 Days for Life is a peaceful, intensive campaign that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and 40 days of grassroots educational outreach. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history where God brought about world-changing transformation in 40-day periods.