About the Gravesite of Aborted Babies in Evergreen Park, Illinois
Day of Remembrance
Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. (map)
His Excellency Bishop Andrew Wypych, Mary Griffith, Dawn Fitzpatrick, Debbie Church, Father Jim Hyland, and Father Mark Walter
Available near gravesite. See map here.
The bodies were found in the dumpster behind the Michigan Avenue Medical Center, located on Chicago's famous "Miracle Mile".
Monica, Joe and the other activists involved in this brave recovery testified to the grueling nature of the work, both physically and spiritually.
A press conference was held outside the medical center where Joe and Monica displayed the bodies for the public to see.
Joe Scheidler (back to camera) leads pro-lifers in prayer at the grave in Evergreen Park, IL
Cardinal Bernardin and the Archdiocese of Chicago provided a quiet burial for the babies, though they did not allow any press attention to go to the funerals.
This was a disappointment to the activists who had found the bodies and hoped that seeing such a funeral would humanize the unborn child in the minds of the public.
Day of Remembrance 2013
On Saturday, September 14, 2013, a crowd of 150 faithful pro-lifers gathered at Resurrection cemetery to remember the babies buried there and recommit themselves to the fight for life.
Bishop Alberto Rojas of the Archdiocese of Chicago led the faithful in prayers. Carnations were distributed to all attendees under the age of 40, which they were commissioned to give to their mothers in thanks for their life, since they were born under Roe v. Wade's reign of "choice."
Images from the Evergreen Park memorial service