Rorate Caeli

March for Life founder's Funeral Mass to be celebrated according to the Traditional Latin Rite

The following notice is from the website of the parish of St. Mary, Mother of God, the home of the Traditional Latin Mass in Washington DC. Emphases are by Rorate.

Nellie Gray's Funeral mass will be a Traditional Requiem.
The choir will sing Tomas Luis de Victoria: Missa Pro Defunctis.

It will take place at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00am.

Cardinal O' Malley will be present for the Mass in choir.

St. Mary's is located in Chinatown at 727 5th Street NW, Washington, DC.

There is limited seating in the church so please plan accordingly.

Friends may call at the church to pay their respects on Thursday August 23, from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

There will be a Vigil Service at 7:30pm on Thursday, presided over by Fr. Alfred Harris, Nellie's pastor, followed by a eulogy delivered by Pastor Luke Robinson of the Quinn Chapel AME Church in Frederick, Maryland.

Pastor Robinson is a long-standing supporter of the March for Life and a devoted friend to Nellie. There will also be a visitation period on Friday morning from 10:00-11:00am, just prior to the funeral mass.

In lieu of flowers, the Board of Directors suggests offering a memorial to the Nellie Gray Legacy Fund, which you may link to here. We have also opened the link to our Annual Report Messages page for those who would like to remember Nellie in a written tribute.

The Board of Directors, alongside Nellie's many friends in the pro-life community, are in the process of planning a special memorial service in Nellie's honor at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.


  1. Joseph the 3rd9:23 PM

    Why not have her funeral Mass in the basilica. So all the nations bishops could attend.

  2. Nellie Gray was an exceptional woman.

    From Mother Angelicas show in 1994:

  3. Anonymous9:43 PM

    Because Wuerl would never allow a TLM funeral Mass.