The Annunciation: A Feast of Life
points for the Annunciation.
Prayer to Jesus,
Redeemer in the Womb
Reflections from Human Life International
Statement of Catholic Leaders
[Three national Catholic pro-life apostolates, Priests for
Life, Human Life International, and the Missionary Image of Our Lady of
Guadalupe, have issued the following statement and have invited other Catholic
leaders to join them in giving special attention to the pro-life meaning of the
Feast of the Annunciation.
If you are the leader of a Catholic organization and would
like to add your name to this statement, email us at
The Magisterium’s most comprehensive statement on the
sanctity of life, the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, was issued on
March 25, 1995, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. This feast marks the moment
at which the Incarnation took place. At Mary’s "Fiat," God began existing in a
human nature - a human nature at the earliest stages of its development within
"Mary’s consent at the Annunciation and her motherhood stand at the very
beginning of the mystery of life which Christ came to bestow on humanity"
(Evangelium Vitae, 102).
As Catholic leaders at a time when our society is beset with the evil of
abortion, and when the human embryo is treated as a mere object for scientific
research, we believe that the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation is
more important than ever. By celebrating this Feast with special solemnity, and
by spending more time meditating on its doctrinal and spiritual lessons, the
faithful can be even more solidly rooted in their pro-life convictions, and
spurred on to effective action in defense of life.
We pray that the pastors of the Church will lead their congregations in
special pro-life observances on this Solemnity each year.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Fr. Tom Euteneuer
President, Human Life International
Director, Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Jesus King of All Nations Devotion
David G. Abele
Executive Director, National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers
Mary Cunningham Agee
President and Founder, The Nurturing Network
President, Catholic Exchange.com
Executive Director, Good Counsel Homes
Johnnette S. Benkovic
Founder and President, Living His Life Abundantly International, Inc.
National Director, Seminarian Life Link
Raymond and Florence Brady
Our Lady of Victory Right to Life
Rockland County Catholic Coalition
President, American Life League
Mother Nadine Brown
Foundress, Intercessors of the Lamb
Theresa M. Burke, Ph. D
J. Kevin Burke
Directors, Rachel's Vineyard Ministries
Executive Director, The Gabriel Project, Pennsylvania
Mary Kay Clark
Director, Seton Home Study School
Dr. Freddy Contin
President, Santo Domingo Catholic Medical Association
William F. Cueto, Esq.
Founder, Builders of Hope
Joseph W. Cunningham, Esq.
President, The Society of Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla
President and Dean, Ave Maria School of Law
Peter J. Droege
Director, Solidarity Institute
Vincent Druding, III
Co-Founder, Colebrook Society
The Heritage Foundation
Vice President, Philadelphia Natural Family Planning Network
Kenneth M. Fisher
Founder and Chairman, Holy Innocents Reparation Committee
Timothy C. Flanagan
President, Catholic Leadership Institute
President, Gailforce Communications
President, Catholic Online
Executive Director, Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas
Father James E. Goode, OFM
President, National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life
E.F. Hansen, Jr.
Steering Committee, Catholic Leadership Conference
Fr. John F. Harvey, OSFS
Nicholas J. Healy, Jr.
President, Ave Maria College
Barbara B. Henkels
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Paul M. Henkels
Vatican Observatory Foundation
Catholic Leadership Conference
Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D.
Director, Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction
George Isajiw, M.D.
Vice President, World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations
John F. Kippley
Co-Founder, The Couple to Couple League
Mrs. Jack Koester
Effingham County Right to Life
Director, One More Soul
Stephen M. Krason, JD, Ph.D.
President, Society of Catholic Social Scientists
Miss Wisconsin 1999, Author, National Chastity Speaker
Gregory Joseph Ladd
Director, The Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation
Gregory P. Lloyd, M.A.
Executive Director, National Coalition of Clergy & Laity
Executive Director, Vida Humana International
Director, AAA Women for Choice Pro-Life Pregnancy Ctr.
Mrs. Magaly Llaguno
Executive Director, Vida Humana Internacional
Bud Macfarlane, Jr., MI
The Mary Foundation
Rev. C.J. McCloskey, III
Director, Catholic Information Center
Norma Leah McCorvey
Director, Roe No More Ministry
President, Catholic Marketing Network
Barbara Neilan, MD
President, Philadelphia Catholic Medical Association
Timothy T. O'Donnell
President, Christendom College
President, St. Antoninus Institute
Madeline Pecora Nugent
Executive Director, Saints' Stories, Inc.
Frank A. Rauscher
President, The Aquinas Funds
Patrick J. Reilly
President, Cardinal Newman Society
Msgr. Philip J. Reilly
Helpers of God's Precious Infants
Director, Gospa Missions
Robert J. Saxer, M.D.
President, Catholic Medical Association
Joseph and Ann Scheidler
Pro-Life Action League
Bob and Barb Smith
Directors, Marian Peace Center in Joy Valley, Inc.
President, Catholics for the Unborn
Ernesto J. Sosa
Vice President, Plastec USA, Inc.
Bryan S. Thatcher
Founder, Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy
Director, Shield of Roses
Dean S. Weber
Leader, Presentation Ministries
Executive Director, Human Family Foundation
President, Family Life Center International
Kevin J. Wright
Catholic Travel Author