The 44th Annual Day of Prayer for Life will be held Wednesday, June 27, at St Francis Church, 203 E Main St., Teutopolis. All are welcome to come and pray for renewed respect for all human life, and in reparation for our nation allowing 60 million preborn human lives to be ended by abortion since 1973.

The Day of Prayer will begin with Mass at 8:00 AM, followed by Eucharistic Exposition and Prayer by area churches and organizations throughout the day. Benediction will be held at 7:00 PM with the closing Mass at 7:30 PM. A reception with refreshments will follow in St Clare Hall, adjoining the church.

Monsignor Stuart Swetland will be the honored guest celebrant and homilist for the closing Mass. Msgr Swetland is the President of Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS and hosts the daily radio show Go Ask Your Father on Relevant Radio. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy. He entered the Catholic Church while studying at Oxford and was ordained a priest in 1991. Msgr Swetland holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; and earned his Sacred Theology Licentiate and Sacred Theology Doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University, in Rome. Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by St. John Paul II.

The following churches/groups are assigned these prayer times:

9-10:00 AM - St. Francis, Teutopolis; St. Rose, Montrose;
10-11:00 AM - St. Anthony, Effingham; St. Mary's, Shumway; CDA #720 of Effingham;
11 AM-noon - Sacred Heart, Effingham; St. Elizabeth, Robinson, Our Lady of Lourdes, Oblong; St. Charles, Casey, Christ the King, Greenup, St. Mary’s, Marshall;
Noon-1:00 PM - Silent hour - all volunteers; all faiths welcome;

1:00-2:00 PM - St. Clare, Altamont; St. Ann Edgewood; St. Mary, St. Elmo; St. Thomas, Newton; St. Mary’s, St. Marie; Secular Franciscans;

2:00-3:00 PM - St. Michael, Sigel; St. Mary's, Neoga;

3:00-4:00 PM – Sacred Heart, Lillyville; St. Mary’s, Green Creek;

4:00-5:00 PM - St. Isidore, Dieterich; All youth of the area;

5:00-6:00 PM - CDA #1711 of Teutopolis; Immaculate Conception, Mattoon; St. Charles, Charleston, EIU Newman Center, Charleston;

6:00-7:00 PM – Area Knights of Columbus Councils