October 1st-9th, 2017

Click here for the October 9, 2017 All Day Prayer Vigil Schedule

The International Week of Prayer and Fasting is a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting.

The theme for this year is The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The 25th International Week of Prayer and Fasting Coalition and the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Legion of Mary, and Priests for Life are uniting to pray and to fast for the goals of the “Week”:


To Pray and Fast for the conversion of peoples and nations


To Pray and Fast to build a Culture of Life


To Pray and Fast to defend the sanctity of marriage and family life


To Pray and Fast for peace and to implore God’s Mercy

International Day of Prayer at the Basilica, Monday, October 9th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 pm. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

2017 International Day of Prayer at the Basilica Speakers

Lou Engle

Lou Engle is co-founder of TheCall, a prayer and fasting movement responsible for gathering hundreds of thousands around the globe. . . . Read Full Bio

Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry

Bishop Perry is Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate VI of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which encompasses seventy-eight parishes and over sixty . . . Read Full Bio

Eric Scheidler

Eric Scheidler grew up in the pro-life movement, attending rallies, pickets, and leafletting campaigns with his parents from a young . . . Read Full Bio

Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. The genocide that swept her country in . . . Read Full Bio

Teresa Tomeo

Teresa Tomeo is a bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and speaker with more than thirty years of experience . . . Read Full Bio

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