“Human life is a wondrous and beautiful gift of God,” Archbishop Smith writes in a letter of invitation to the 2014 Alberta March for Life. “Since God has created members of the human race in His image and likeness, every man, woman and child is endowed with an inalienable dignity. In our country, we are witnesses to the sad truth that human dignity is not always honoured. We must assert clearly and respectfully that, in keeping with human dignity, the only choice is life!” 

Writing as president of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Archbishop Smith notes that the Alberta march will coincide with similar efforts in Ottawa and across Canada on Thursday, May 8

We begin at 10:30 a.m. with Mass for Life celebrated by Archbishop Smith at St. Joseph’s Basilica. Rally starts at 12 noon at the Alberta Legislature: bring lunch and a beverage. At 1 p.m. there is an opening prayer, followed at 1:30 by a peaceful march to Churchill Square and back. People of all ages are welcome to attend any or all of the events -- see you there!