Annual Events

Student Respect Life Essay Contest
The NH Knights of Columbus sponsor this contest, open to students in Junior High (Grades 6-8), and Senior High (grades 9-12) in NH. Entries are submitted via email to [email protected]. Winners receive a cash award of $100 each, and up to 6 awards are given out. Information on each year's theme and essay deadline is released in September of each year. Entries are typically due in mid-December, and awards are distributed in February. For more information, see the "What's Happening" section on the St. Francis Respect Life home page.

40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil
This is a semi-annual prayer event at the abortion facility on Pennacook Street in Manchester. Formal organized scheduling is done for 40 days before Easter and before Christmas each year.
For the Manchester effort, call (978) 226-3240, or visit the Manchester 40 Days for Life website at Check out the national web site at

Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Seminar
The NH Knights of Columbus conduct an educational seminar in the Hall of St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Pine Street in Manchester each year, usually in March.

It starts with a light luncheon at noon, then guest speaker, and brief reports from various pro-life groups around the state, who also have information tables set up.

In the past, talks have been given by the Bishop, the lead of the Diocesan Pro-life Office, various clergy, Nellie Gray of National March for Life, people conceived in rape, Diane Hunt (RN,MS,FNP-BC) from the Humanae Vitae Family Care Center in Londonderry (her topic was Delivering the Culture of Life to Healthcare), and Darlene Pawlik, Chairperson of NH RTL Educational Trust and Political Action committee, speaking on Saving Lives Through Outreach.

For information, contact Ron Distasio at (603) 595-7837 or [email protected].


March for Life in Concord, NH
This annual march, which is typically in late January, includes the following:

1. An ecumenical prayer service/blessing at the local town dump where aborted babies are disposed of without acknowledgment.
2. Mass at St. John's Catholic Church.
3. Gathering at the State House to prepare for the march.
4. Walking while praying the Rosary from the State House, past the Concord abortion facility, to St. John's Church Hall.
5. Refreshments & speakers at St. John's Church Hall.

Visit for details.

March for Life in Washington, DC
This annual march typically takes place in late January each year, and draws massive crowds to Washington.

Visit for information and tips if you are planning to attend this event.

Adoration, Rosary & Day of Fasting
Hosted by several Knights of Columbus councils in Southern NH, this is a day of reparation for the sins of our nation against the culture of life.

It begins at 7:00 PM on January 21st and runs through 7:00 PM on January 22nd, unless those days fall on a weekend.