September 25 - November 3

College Park, MD United States

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Public right-of-way outside
5915 Greenbelt Road College Park, MD

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Public right-of-way outside
Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic
5915 Greenbelt Road
College Park, Maryland 20740


We are praying that, with God's help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in College Park -- and throughout America.

While all aspects of 40 Days for Life are crucial in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful prayer vigil outside the this abortion facility.

  1. The vigil site where people assemble is limited to the sidewalk along Greenbelt Road (between 59th and 60th Avenue) in front of the Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic building. Vigil attendees MUST remain on the sidewalk and not enter the parking lot of the clinic! We have to keep the sidewalk accessible for pedestrians. Never obstruct the sidewalk with a group of people or your personal property. For the portion of the sidewalk that crosses the primary driveway or the secondary driveway located about 50-feet west of the primary, do NOT stand, sit, or kneel or place personal property on these areas that access the MFPI parking lot!
  2. Please do NOT park in the Metropolitan Family Planning parking lot. Find a public parking space in the residential neighborhood surrounding the clinic (59th and 60th Avenues in Berwyn Heights) or on public streets or parking lots where permitted.
  3. The vigil hours are from 6am until 10pm each day.
  4. Participants shall not use any public address or sound system.
  5. The vigil is peaceful and prayerful. All participants agree to abide by a "Statement of Peace" with a pledge that they will conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner.  We ask that you NOT raise your voice or argue with any of the women entering the clinic. This is a peaceful PRAYER vigil.
  6. Should you experience any trouble, please contact the Berwyn Heights Police Department immediately at (301) 474-6554. We have already briefed the police chief of our presence there.
  7. Should anyone ask you for information on where they can get help, you can refer them Laurel Pregnancy Center 415 Main Street Laurel, MD 2707 301-776-9996.

One good resource is the Daily Devotional Prayers.  They are available from the 40 Days for Life website.

Our Website

Our College Park campaign operates a website and posts resource documents (i.e., flyers, prayers, guidelines for vigil, statement of peace) specific to the 40 Days for Life/College Park campaign.  You may download them from: .

We ask the faithful who support this peaceful, prayerful, community vigil to create a user account.  Then explore the website and use the Vigil Calendar and find out how YOU can help make a lifesaving impact as part of our local 40 Days for Life campaign.

In Peace, 

Tom Trunk, Campaign Coordinator

Local events
Jericho Walk - 3:00pm

Sunday, October 27th

Several local ministers will lead us in focused prayers for the shut-down of the MFPI abortion business, the conversion of the Gohari Family, and the conversion of their staff workers. The Jericho Walk involves walking seven circuits about the local side streets. However you wish you can stop after walking two or three circuits, join us in progress, or take a break by praying at the sidewalk. For information and to invite your local pastor, deacons, seminarians, phone Tom Trunk, 240-593-6982.

Address: 5915 Greenbelt Road College Park, MD 20740

Time: 3:00 PM

Vespers Vigil - 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 30th

Join us for the Church's universal evening prayer... the Vespers prayer for Wednesday in Psalter Week 2. We sing an opening Hymn, read three Psalms, pray the Magnificat, the Our Father, offer Intercessory Prayer, and our personal petitions. Printed programs will be provided. Please bring a small flash light, thanks! We request a minister to lead us, for information, phone Tom, 240-593-6982.

Address: 5915 Greenbelt Road College Park, MD 20740

Time: 7:00 PM

Closing Vigil - Memorial for the Unborn.

Sunday, November 3rd

Join us for a large group prayer at the Sidewalk Vigil with heartfelt prayers for continued success of this Prayer movement in College Park. We celebrate the lives that were rescued through the Holy Spirit working through our prayers and perseverance the course of these six and half weeks. We re-commit ourselves to grow this prayer movement by hundreds of people and continue to pray for the conversion of the Gohari Family. Please arrive at 2:45pm to receive a program. We will be led by Rev. Mel Ayala (Pastor, St. Nicholas Church, South Laurel). Prayer for the Unborn: Oh God, who has given us the great gift of life, we ask you today to bless all the unborn babies. Watch over them as the grow and develop in their mother's womb, that they might be born healthy and happy and be welcomed with a tender love and deep joy. In a special way, we ask you to bless all those babies who are unwanted and might never be born. Welcome them into your loving embrace that they might find their home in you. Bless and guide all pregnant women that they might respect and cherish the gift of life growing within them. May they accept their child as an irreplaceable gift from you. Amen.

Address: 5915 Greenbelt Road College Park, MD 20740

Time: 3:00 PM

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