30th Annual Week of Prayer and Fasting Begins in Washington, DC and Globally that Received a Blessing from St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis

 October 1st begins The International Week of Prayer and Fasting (IWOPF) in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Maureen Flynn is the founder of The International Week of Prayer and Fasting movement is composed of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting.  

St. John Paul II gave two Apostolic Blessings to the organizing entities and all the participants, the first in 1997 and the second in 2001. Pope Francis gave his Apostolic Blessing to all of the participants of the 22nd International Week of Prayer and Fasting.

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Prayer Intentions:

1. Our goal is to mobilize churches, communities, schools, prayer groups, and clergy to pray and fast: For the conversion of all people and nations

2. To build a culture of life
3. To defend the sanctity of marriage and family life
4. For peace and to implore God’s mercy
5. For all priests, vocations, and holiness of the members of the Church


The week of prayer and fasting will end with the National Rosary Rally at the steps of the US Capitol on October 9th.

Speakers: Bishop Joseph Coffey, presiding at the opening Mass on Oct. 1. Also Father Francis Peffley; Dr. Antone Raymundo, Dave and Joan Maroney, founders of a Divine Mercy apostolate; Father Robert Altier; and Ted and Maureen Flynn, the founders of IWOPF, and many others.

An Annual Mission

The IWOPF brings together people of all ages, backgrounds, and races. From October 1st – October 9th, 2022, we gather to pray for a “culture of life,” and for a newfound appreciation for basic human rights, particularly in the United States of America.

By invoking the help of our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, and by praying the Rosary, we play a crucial role in the conversion of nations and changing the course of world events.

Source: https://iwopf.org/about/