FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 19, 2018

CONTACT: Nora Langan, West End Strategy Team,  [email protected], 202-776-7700


Washington National Cathedral to Host Interfaith Prayer Vigil Ahead of March For Our Lives
Students and leaders from many faith traditions to lead Friday prayer service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington National Cathedral will host an interfaith prayer vigil on Friday, March 23, for activists, students and pilgrims who are attending Saturday’s March For Our Lives to demand that their lives and safety become a priority for Congressional leaders in order to end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools.

Students and leaders from many faith traditions will lead this prayer service recognizing the breadth of trauma caused by gun violence, including community shootings, gang violence, school massacres, and suicide. In prayer and song, this gathering will honor those lost, acknowledge the pain survivors and victims’ families carry, and lift up the need for healing for communities impacted by gun violence and our country. Families, including that of Carmen Schentrup, a victim of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will be a part of the program of prayer and reflection.

Tickets and registrations will not be required for entry; however, registration is requested to help the Cathedral prepare to welcome everyone. Doors open at 6 pm and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

All interested media must RSVP to Nora Langan at (202) 765-8584 or via email at [email protected] to obtain a credential. Media will not be admitted without a credential.

WHAT: March for Our Lives Prayer Vigil

WHEN: 7:00 pm EDT, Friday, March 23, 2018

WHERE: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

WHO: Activists, students, pilgrims, and Philip and April Schentrup, the parents of Carmen Schentrup, who died in the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.




Washington National Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people called to serve as a spiritual home for the nation. It seeks to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world. Learn more at