Maryknoll Father Rick Bauer meeting with clients at Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program Kenya

Sign up below for a one-hour time slot during the 24-hour vigil for World AIDS Day. 

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year around the world. It is an opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention service.

Learn more about HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day. 

People living with HIV and AIDS are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. HIV and AIDS are thought to increase the risk of serious illness due to COVID-19. In addition, the lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have disrupted the availability of live-saving HIV/AIDS medications in many countries.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice,” highlighting the urgent need to address health inequities and reach underserved populations with HIV services, especially during COVID-19. 

Since the beginning days of the epidemic in 1981, Maryknoll missioners in Asia, Latin America, and Africa have been working in ministries serving persons living with HIV and AIDS. 

In Kenya, Maryknoll Fr. Rick Bauer (pictured on right, above) works with the Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program while introducing training on spiritual palliative care. Since 1993, the program has become one of the largest treatment and prevention programs in Kenya, helping thousands receive HIV testing, counseling, and care.

Join the 24-hour prayer vigil: Pray for those living with HIV and AIDS and for those whose lives were cut short due to HIV or AIDS. The vigil will begin at 12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (U.S.) on Wednesday, December 1. 

Pray with and share the Maryknoll AIDS Task Force prayer

Prayer Vigil Schedule

Name City Country Comment
Stella Envulu Abuja Nigeria A great idea.
Susan Gunn Lanham United States I pray for my friend Tony and for all who have died. May their memories bless us with the spirit we need to eliminate the stigma and address this disease.
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Dolores Blahaus Homer Glen Illinois, USA I am grateful, a person who prays to God for the good of our lives.
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Mawa Ezaruku Kampala Uganda It's a good day to come together and create aware Ness and encourage people living with HIV to suppress thier viral load
Len Montiel Maryknoll USA for all the young people born HIV+ in poverty who are now struggling with other social issues such as addiction, gang membership, etc.
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Susan Nagele Urbana United States Praying that new technology will help us find a vaccine for the HIV virus.
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Rick Bauer Nairobi Kenya I pray for a recommitment of the world to end AIDS by 2030. Amen.
Joan Gannon Albany USA
Eileen Hollen. OP Highland USA For the beautiful lives who have touched me and for all researchers who continue to search for a cure!
Margaret Meyer Somerville USA Let us pray for these suffering people.
Mary Nolan Huntington station USA
Martin Zatsick Pittsburgh United States
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Rita Birzer Waterford USA
Clara Delpín Bogotá Colombia For my friends Salvador and Germán.
Betty Kramer Jacksonville United States
Thomas Sanger St Louis USA I will be praying for all those close to me who have been struggling with HIV/AIDS throughout their lives! May our good, gracious and loving God hold them close in a warm welcoming embrace and may they also feel God’s Love flowing to them from from the Beloved Community that surrounds them!
Susan Weissert Ossining US
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Agnes Brien Frankford US I will pray for Doug who died from AIDS many years ago and for Tom who is living with AIDS now.
Christina Cahalan Kenner USA
Anonymous West Palm Beach
Helen Joan Flynn Marylhurst United States Praying for all Victims of HIV and for caregivers of AIDS.
Thomas Luce Berkeley US Justice in health care!
Veronica Schweyen Croton On Hudson United States I pray for all those who are now suffering with Hiv/AIDS. I worked with the people with AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania for 12 years, and I especially remember those in Africa who are still suffering with the disease!
pat zerega OAKMONT United States Blessings on all the work you are doiong and prayers for all those impacted by HIV
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Pat Millen, OSF Spokane United States I pray for my brother Michael who died from AIDS in 1989.
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Patricia Ferrick WOODHAVEN United States In memory of my brother who died from AIDS and the people I've worked with and for a person still affected by it.
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Anonymous Glen Mills United States I pray for all those suffering with AIDS and for those caring for them.
Sister Dominica Lo Bianco Aston United States I pray for all those who have died from AIDS, especially, Vincent, Tom, and others whom I know personally.
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Kaye Edwards Indianapolis, IN
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Stella Envulu Abuja Nigeria I'll be glad to join in the prayer.
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Lucille Souza New York United States Praying for the deceased victims of Aids, those presently living with Aids, and the caregivers of those with Aids.
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Dolores Congdon Maryknoll, NY USA I pray for all victims of AIDS and for those who care for them. May there soon be a vaccine!
Bernice rigney Ossining United States
Arline Schoenberger Glen Mills United States
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Sr Elaine Davia Marriottsville USA I remember my brother, Ray and all who died from HIV/AIDS, especially in the very early days when there was so much fear and prejudice against those who had it.
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Anonymous Ossining USA
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Kristen Weinman Washington United States
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Matt Dulka Hayward, CA USA
mary ann mcdonough Otisville United States
Adel O'Regan Bronx USA