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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Launches New Website

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 3, 2012

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign today unveiled a new website designed to make its three-fold mission immediately understandable and accessible.

The top of the page at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org features buttons for women who are pregnant and need help, for those who are suffering from the pain of a past abortion and need healing, and for those who want to become more involved in reaching out to pregnant women and mothers and fathers who have experienced abortion.

“When we launched our first site in 2003, we wanted to make sure it had all the information we wanted to get out,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “The new site makes sure we are reaching all the people we want to share that information with. The connection with those we’re trying to reach is more obvious.”

Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life, said the updated look of the new site helps make it much more user friendly.

“It allows visitors to clearly and quickly get to wherever they want to go,” Mrs. Morana said.

The testimonies of women and men who regret their past abortions have always been a popular draw for site visitors, and are still readily accessible. A new “Featured Story of the Day,” brings visitors to the testimony section, which also can be accessed from the “Stories” button at the top of the page.

“The voices of the men and women who have had abortions, and have come to regret it, are the most powerful weapons we have in our fight to end abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and National Director of Priests for Life.

Proof of the Silent No More web site’s power came with a phone call to the campaign office the day before New Year’s Eve. Mrs. Forney answered a call from a mother of three who said she had an appointment to abort her fourth child the following day. After reading some of the testimonies, she realized “She didn’t want to have the regret these women suffer from. And she was concerned that, although she is always able to forgive others, she might not ever be able to forgive herself.”

By the end of their conversation, the woman realized she didn’t need to “depend on abortion” to solve the challenges the unplanned pregnancy presented. She told Mrs. Forney she was canceling her appointment.

“As we unveil this website, we invite all groups and Churches to use it as a key resource for help after abortion and for strength to those who might otherwise make that mistake,” Father Pavone said.

Visit the new site at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org. To reach the office by phone, call 1-800-707-6635 or 1-888-735-3448.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: Silent No More Awareness Campaign






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Fr. Pavone Applauds Bishops’ Statement on Post-abortion Healing

Monday, November 14th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 14, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Rachel’s Vineyard, issued the following statement today after Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (Galveston-Houston), Cardinal Sean O’Malley (Boston), and Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Washington, DC) addressed this morning’s meeting of the United States Catholic Bishops regarding the topic of healing after abortion:

We at Rachel’s Vineyard and Priests for Life are grateful for the strong affirmation today, on the part of the bishops, that nobody who has committed abortion should be afraid to approach God and the Church for reconciliation and healing.

As the largest ministry in the Catholic Church for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, which operates under the umbrella of Priests for Life, is a key resource for the Church’s Project Rachel ministry. Some 70 dioceses in the United States alone utilize Rachel’s Vineyard as part of (or in some cases their only) ministry of healing after abortion. Rachel’s Vineyard, as an interdenominational ministry, also serves other Christian Churches with its retreat program.

This year, Rachel’s Vineyard will have completed close to a thousand retreats worldwide for both women and men who have suffered from abortion.

In the year ahead, we look forward to continued growth, not only with retreats but with training for priests, counselors, and other professionals based on the research and teaching of Rachel’s Vineyard founder Dr. Theresa Burke and her husband Kevin, and the other pastoral resources provided by Priests for Life.

Along with more training, the bishops have also called for increased efforts to get the word out to the tens of millions of people in need of this healing. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life), the world’s largest mobilization of men and women who have experienced healing after abortion, is one of the ways to do this. Their testimonies, shared in Churches, at public rallies, and in the media, evoke in the hearts of those who are alienated from the Church the confidence that they can return and find the peace for which they long. The Campaign is gearing up for a large public gathering in conjunction with the January March for Life in Washington and Walk for Life in San Francisco.

For more information about the healing and testimonies that are available, and about the January events, visit Silent No More Awareness and Rachel’s Vineyard.

In addition to this statement, Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries also issued a statement clarifying the distinction and complementarity between “Rachel’s Vineyard” and “Project Rachel.” That statement accompanies this release.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.

Rachel’s Vineyard: A Healing Gift to the Church
By Fr Frank Pavone
Pastoral Director and Chairman of the Board of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries

A voice was heard in Ramah: wailing and great mourning. Rachel was crying for her children. She refused to be comforted, because they no longer existed. –Matthew 2:18

Many post abortion ministries have a reference to “Rachel” in their title which points to a biblical passage from Jeremiah concerning the exile of God’s people and later found in Matthew’s Gospel in the tragic account of the slaughter of the first born males in Bethlehem by Herod’s soldiers. For those ministering to mothers and fathers after abortion, this reference to the loud cries of wailing and grief at the loss of the innocent children of Bethlehem became a powerful biblical metaphor calling the Christian community to offer the healing of Christ for all who have participated in the death of the unborn.

Two prominent post abortion ministries share the name Rachel. Project Rachel is a name of the official post abortion outreach of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a number of Dioceses use this umbrella term as the name of their offices that offer post abortion services. There are other post abortion ministries that operate in other Diocesan offices, such as Family Life or Respect Life, or as part of the Catholic Charities outreach. There are countless independent post abortion ministries operating with varying degrees of collaboration with their local diocese. Within the interdenominational community, we find a similar diversity of post abortion ministries and programs.

Rachel’s Vineyard: A Ministry of Service to God’s People

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people. – Matthew 20:28

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries (RVM) features a weekend healing retreat for post abortion healing found in 33 countries with the retreat manual translated into 14 languages. In addition RVM, drawing from its extensive experience of 15 years in international post abortion ministry, offers the latest in training and resources to those ministering to anyone wounded by abortion. At the heart of the mission of RVM is being at the service to those churches, faith communities and ministries called to bring the healing of Christ to those wounded by abortion.

Whether a Project Rachel ministry in a US diocese or an interdenominational community overseas, the heart of the mission of Rachel’s Vineyard is one of service offering our experience, programs and resources to empower post abortion ministries to better serve God’s people.






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Let’s Slay the Dreamer Say Cain Naysayers

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011





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Contact: Eugene Vigil, 757-593-9982

Statement by Alveda king

Atlanta, GA, November 9, 2011 – Once again, the American Dream is under attack. Cain naysayers hope to ‘slay the dreamer.’ The establishment is horrified by Mr. Cain because of what he represents. Mr. Cain is the epitome of the American dream; he grew up poor, worked his way up to success through hard work using a work ethic he inherited from his father and mother. He’s a true bootstraps story.

Mr. Cain is the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. He lived the Black American experience in the South and, by the content of his character – not the color of his skin, he has studied hard, worked hard, successfully run corporations, had a successful radio show and now aspires to the office of President of the United States. Like Martin Luther King, Mr. Cain graduated from Morehouse College, is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is not a politician. Mr. Cain has done all this because he loves this country and not out of some sense of self-importance.

If the general presidential election features two black men of opposing political views and Black America has an honest political debate, the Democrats would lose a portion of their 90% stranglehold on the Black vote.

If we have an honest discussion on whether the war on poverty should be fought with welfare or with economic growth in the private sector, Democrats will lose Black votes. When Mr. Cain says that our welfare system has held blacks back, and that it promotes single parent households, that it kills incentive and breeds a culture of, helplessness; he is correct. As this truth resonates, the establishment knows that we will see more blacks becoming economic conservatives. So their answer? Slay the dreamer.

When Mr. Cain says that abortion is bad business, and is hurting America and denying our youngest the civil right to, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that is a dangerous discussion.

This is all a dangerous discussion for President Obama and the establishment to have. A strong, charismatic Black conservative like Mr. Cain on such a large platform is dangerous; he threatens their voting bloc. Not only does the Cain policy threaten them, but also the fact that his life story personifies his policy rocks the establishment. What are their options? Mr. Cain’s opponents will use the media in their attempts to assassinate Mr. Cain’s character.

Sounds like history in action here; Joseph was accused of sexual harassment by Potiphar’s wife. Sampson was targeted by Delilah. Am I suggesting that sexual harassment doesn’t exist? Of course not: I was a victim of what some consider to be sexual harassment as a young woman.

When I went for a job interview, the male interviewer commented that I had pretty legs, and he looked at my legs. I responded in this manner: Sir, I am someone’s wife, mother and daughter. Would you like the women you care about to have an experience like this? His eyes immediately turned to my job application and he asked: “when can you report for your competence exam?” I was offered that job. No court, no attempt to destroy his character, just a correction which was received.

These baseless allegations about Mr. Cain remind us of the story of The Crucible, where many people lied and said they “saw Goody dance with the devil”, when in fact they were trying to cover up acts which they themselves were involved in, with the hopes that the strength of numbers of the accusers would lead to hysteria and make their allegations more believable. The Crucible teaches us that we must not be swayed by the number of the accusers but the validity of the accusations. These are political ploys by the establishment to attempt a high tech lynching akin to racial profiling in a vicious attempt to eliminate this man who has the courage to present life affirming solutions for America’s problems.

Someone please call 9-9-9.






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Official Statement on Protests by Fr. Frank Pavone

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 27, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

I’m here in Amarillo and every few seconds some message of support comes in via e-mail, text, or phone. I’ve spent the last 20 years building up relationships with pro-life activists throughout the nation and around the world, and I can tell you it’s enormously gratifying to me to have such a wide array of friends.

As I have said in previous interviews (e.g. Al Kresta), I would not presume to tell others how to exercise their expressive rights under the U.S. Constitution, but I want to encourage everyone in this great pro-life movement of ours to continue to be to calm, respectful, thoughtful, peaceful and above all prayerful in the manner in which they go about supporting me, personally, and the Priests for Life family of ministries that I head.

Priests for Life has not taken the approach of public battles with, or criticism of, the hierarchy. When there are problems or disagreements or miscommunications that involve the Church leadership, Priests for Life addresses them quietly, respectfully, and behind the scenes.

The current situation has been thrust upon us; we did not seek it, and we hope our actions so far have reflected adequately the respect we have for the shepherds of our Church. Be assured we are neither organizing nor endorsing public protests of any kind.






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Bishop Roger Gries Urges: “Please Continue to Support Priests for Life”

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011





STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Most Rev. Roger W. Gries O.S.B., Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, has offered his ongoing support for Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and has asserted that the vital work of Priests for Life must continue.

In a letter dated Sept. 19, Bishop Gries wrote, “Over my ten years as Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland, I crossed paths many times with Father Frank Pavone. During all this time I have found him dedicated to the preservation of life for the unborn. He and I both work and pray for the day when we will eliminate this horrendous evil from the face of the earth.”

Noting that “Supporting abortion happens to be the politically correct stance to take these days,” Bishop Gries wrote, “God would love to restore the peace and love found in the Garden of Eden before the fall. It is our challenge in this age to build up the Kingdom of God. We will only achieve this goal if we let his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Bishop Gries asked for prayers for Father Pavone as he works with his bishop in the Diocese of Amarillo. “The work he had done since founding Priests for Life must continue as we face the future. Please continue to support Priests for Life.

Bishop Gries is among the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops who serve as advisers to Priests for Life.

“I was proud to stand up with Father Pavone when he asked me to serve on the Advisory Board of Bishops. Every opportunity that comes my way to stand up for life will find me speaking out against abortion,” the Bishop wrote. “Let us pray, pray and pray some more for the mothers carrying infants in their wombs. Also, let us pray for those who perform the abortions and work in those clinics for they need God’s grace to see the evil of their deeds.”

For the full text of the letter, go to www.priestsforlife.org.






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