'Don't be afraid, be courageous to be a saint in today's world.'
Thirtyone busloads of marchers from the Diocese of Rockville Centre were among the crowds marching for life.
The 9daysforlife.com website provides ways for Catholics to join the novena and to access resources.
200 years ago this Christmas Eve in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that would become one of the most beloved carols of all time.
Msgr. McDonald was beloved by many of the diocese's recently ordained priests, who cite his influence on their vocation to the priesthood.
View photos from the Mass at Our Lady of Loretto.