In Washington D.C., two sisters, Adriana and Immolatia, are on a mission to form a religious order centered on advocating for the unborn. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, the sisters outlined their intention to be the voice for unborn children at places they refer to as “killing places.” Avoiding terms like “abortion” or “abortion clinic,” they lean on the teachings of Pope John Paul II to speak plainly about what they perceive as heinous acts. This conviction has driven them to stand up for the unborn, inspired by the activism of Canadian pro-life advocate Mary Wagner.
Both sisters started their pro-life work by praying outside an abortion clinic in 2016, a path that was spurred by an article featuring Mary Wagner’s arrest while she was intervening in a clinic. Intrigued by the presence of a nun at the scene of Wagner’s arrest, Adriana questioned whether her religious calling could also encompass service to the unborn. This realization led her and Immolatia to a meeting in Poland where they decided to create a religious order devoted to praying for unborn children.
Father Stephen Imbarrato, a pro-life priest, expressed his support for their cause, admiring their determination. As part of their commitment, they conduct prayers outside the Washington D.C. Surgi-Clinic, where multiple cases of full-term abortions were reported in 2022. The sisters spend three days a week outside the clinic, praying for three hours and offering educational pamphlets and support to the women there. Their objective, according to Immolatia, is to acknowledge the sanctity of unborn lives and ensure they are not alone.
Their spiritual routine encompasses daily Mass, the Divine Office prayers, and an hour of meditation before heading to the clinic. Adriana emphasized the importance of first listening to God before sharing their insights with others. Following their clinic vigils, they dedicate another hour in adoration of Christ, a quiet moment they describe as “resting” in Him. Their service, similar to St. Francis of Assisi’s devotion to the “least,” is focused on those often forgotten by society – the unborn.
Currently, the sisters await the approval of a bishop to formalize their religious order. Immolatia expressed her faith in God guiding them to the right person. Their mission has not only won Wagner’s endorsement but also her admiration. Despite the hardships faced in the fight for the unborn, Wagner applauded their dedication, citing their enduring faith, perseverance, and friendship as virtues.