David Bereit founder and director of 40 Days for Life visits Salem OR
Sept. 26 to Nov. 4, 2012 - daily 8 am to 8 pm - 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil and outreach education to the community.
Oct. 7, Sunday - 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm - LIFE CHAIN on Lancaster St. NE to SE - Misssion to Silverton Rd. - signs available at Academy Sq.
Jan 22 - there was a rally in Portland at Pioneer square from 2:30 to 3:30 pm and hundreds came
and in Salem there was a vigil at 3825 Wolverine st NE near Lancaster NE from 5:30 to 6 :30 pm. and over 100 men women and children came, Fr. Tim of Queen of Peace was there and so were the seminarians of Mt. Angel Abbey.
Feb. 22 to April1, 2012 will be the Spring 40 Days for Life event at the Wolverine st NE site from 8 am to 8 pm. Decorate your cars with pro life stickers and balloons and come pray with us.
Wed., March 9 to Sunday, April 17- 40 Days for Life prayer vigils begin daily from 8 am to 5 pm and NEW this Year CAR RALLIES - decorate your vehicle with posters, balloons, flahing lights and bumper sticker and magnetic prolife signs and drive around the block.
The pro-life movement is launching "Freedom Rides" for the unborn to galvanize pro-life activity across the country with the Pastoral Associate Dr. Alveda King,
During the Civil Rights movement, the "Freedom Rides" constituted a distinctive moment of resolve and unity. The Supreme Court, in its 1960 decision Boynton vs. Virginia, had outlawed segregation in bus terminals and restaurants serving interstate travelers. So the following spring, thirteen people - seven African-Americans and six whites - decided to travel by bus from Washington DC to New Orleans to test the enforcement of that Supreme Court decision. The initial Freedom Ride became 60 rides across Southern states in the summer of 1961, with some 450 riders participating. And by the fall of that same year, the government issued orders for the enforcement of desegregation at the bus terminals.
The Civil Rights movement and the Pro-Life movement have the same heart and soul: a longing for equal justice for everyone, based on the inherent dignity of every human life. That's why, when Dr. Alveda King first walked with me at the annual March for Life and I asked her, "Does this remind you of the marches in the civil rights movement?" she declared, "Fr. Frank, this is the civil rights movement!" Both movements are movements of freedom. It is therefore time for Freedom Rides for the unborn. The pro-life movement is more ready than ever to proclaim freedom…
People will be invited to participate in the Freedom Rides themselves. The bus rides are a symbol of the journey we are on, of the fellowship we share with each other, and of the fact that we are a movement. Major events in cities along the bus routes will be held, in which all the different facets of the pro-life movement will be invited to participate.
At the same time, people not on the rides or along the route can participate by being "Freedom Riders for the Unborn" and carrying out special projects that will be coordinated among Freedom Riders nationwide.
In his first public sermon, Jesus summarized his message and mission by saying he had come to "proclaim liberty to the captives…" As his disciples, as his People of Life, let us do the same! by Fr. Provone
Sept. 28 to Nov. 6, 2011 - 40 days for life vigil in Salem.
Sites include:: 3825 Wolverine St. NE, Salem,
1st and Betts Ave., Beaverton,
MLK Blvd., Portland
9/30/08 - The day was sunny and cool after two days of rain and cold. The news came in that David Bereit and his family were traveling by car from Califonia to Oregon to Washington and would stop in Salem between 5:00 and 5:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. The Salem committee rushed into action and called and emailed and put up signs in the churches to announce that David would come and pray with us at the 40 days site on Wolverine St. NE in front of PPHood
facility. Mat and Cheri arrived at 4:45 and set up some snacks in the St. Gerrmaine Office and then went outside to greet prayer volunteers as they arrived at the sidewalk outside PPH. Almost 20 volunteers arrived including 3 children and a baby, with their mother. We began to pray after introducing ourselves and agreed to come again. David and his family arrived at 5:45 and he prayed with us and greetered all the volunteers. Later we brought out the cookies and juice for the volunteers and the Bereit family. The conversation and prayer requests continued till 6:45 and by 7 pm everyone was going home and we had prayed for the staff and abortionist, as they were driving out of the PPH facility. We prayed for the women who were going in and leaving the facility too. The day was ending and the sun was setting and we will return on Wed. at 7 am to 10 pm when the abortionist will come again.
Sept. 25, 2008
More than a dozen teenagers spent their Saturday afternoon saying the Rosary, hoping to save lives.
The group of 16 students and parents from Corvallis, called Life Savers, were joined by a Salem Latino Catholic guild at Salem’s Planned Parenthood (PPH) facility Sept. 29 as part of 40 Days of Prayer to draw attention to abortion.
About two dozen protesters sang, prayed and stood silently in the cold for hours. Other individuals and prayer groups have even been staffing the "40 Days for Life" prayer vigil through the day (3 a.m. to 10 p.m.) at the PPH Facility, where about 900 abortions are performed each year, statistics show.
Demonstrations started Sept. 26 and are expected to continue through Nov. 4. Christina Tangney and Cassandra Noble, both 16 and members of St. Mary Parish in Corvallis, helped organize the Salem action. Passers-by directed obscene gestures at the group, which just nudged the protestors to pray harder, organizers said.
“I was really happy with the way it went,” Noble said. “I really thought it was powerful. We hoped that the people inside would hear us singing and praying for them. But we just believed that God would be working behind the scenes somehow.”
Standing on each side of the street, the group prayed back and forth in the biting wind. Other people have signed on to carry out the round-the-clock presence, but more are still needed to cover some times.
Cheri Crocker, protest organizer from St. Joseph Parish, teamed up with members of three area Catholic parishes and contacted the 100 or so Christian churches and other non-profit pro-life groups.
“We have a steady flow of volunteers, however we are always recruiting more prayer partners,” Crocker said. “On one of the vigil days, the Planned Parenthood facility’s physical plant had a maintenance problem that temporarily shut it down. We attribute that to prayer. Another day the facility was closed for no reason at all, just a note on the door to come back on another day.”
The nationwide 40-day vigils, held in 89 cities across the nation, are modeled on a vigil carried out last month Aurora, Ill. A false name on a permit closed that facility down for several days, Crocker said.
Organizers are concerned that the Planned Parenthood facility, on North Lancaster near Family Building Blocks and McKay High School, is located near many establishments that cater to children, and encourage people to become involved in the protest.
To participate in the vigil or to schedule a prayer time, contact