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The Annunciation: A Feast of Life

 

Priests for Life

March 31, 2008

   
 

Three national Catholic pro-life apostolates, Priests for Life, Human Life International, and the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, have drafted 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. Note that for 2008, this feast is observed on Monday, March 31, since March 25 falls in Easter Week.


If you are the leader of a Catholic organization and would like to add your name to this statement, email us at mail@priestsforlife.org.
To keep informed about similar initiatives by means of our bi-weekly pro-life commentary, ask to receive it at subscribe@priestsforlife.org



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 body.


"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
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Priests for Life


Fr. Tom Euteneuer
President, Human Life International


Dan Lynch
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 (NACFLM)


Mary Cunningham Agee
President, The Nurturing Network


Tom Allen
President, Catholic Exchange.com


Christopher Bell
Executive Director, Good Counsel Homes


Johnnette S. Benkovic
Founder and President, Living His Life Abundantly International, Inc.


Eric Bowman
National Director, Seminarian Life Link


Raymond and Florence Brady
Our Lady of Victory Right to Life


Barbara Braun
Rockland County Catholic Coalition


Judie Brown
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


Annie Byrne
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


Rev. Thomas F. Dailey, OSFS, STD
President, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars


Bernard Dobranski
President and Dean, Ave Maria School of Law


Peter J. Droege
Director, Solidarity Institute


Vincent Druding, III
Co-Founder, Colebrook Society


Pat Fagan
The Heritage Foundation


Bruce A. Fahey, SFO
Minister, Brothers and Sisters of Penance


Rev. Angelus Ferrara
Superior, The Society of the Annunciation of the Lord


George Finnin
Vice President, Philadelphia Natural Family Planning Network


Kenneth M. Fisher
Founder and Chairman, Holy Innocents Reparation Committee


Timothy C. Flanagan
President, Catholic Leadership Institute


Ted Flynn
President, MaxKol


Jon S. Foster, MI
President, Apostles of the Real Presence


Kathleen E. Foster, MI
Apostles of the Real Presence


Brian Gail
President, Gailforce Communications


Michael Galloway
President, Catholic Online


Karen Garnett
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
Director, Courage


Mark E. Hayden
Executive Director, Maternal Life International


Nicholas J. Healy, Jr.
President, Ave Maria College


Barbara B. Henkels
Legatus
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


Steve Koob
Director, One More Soul


Stephen M. Krason, JD, Ph.D.
President, Society of Catholic Social Scientists


Mary-Louise Kurey
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


Magaly Llaguno
Executive Director, Vida Humana International


Pat Lohman
Director, AAA Women for Choice Pro-Life Pregnancy Ctr.


Mrs. Magaly Llaguno
Executive Director, Vida Humana Internacional


Bud Macfarlane, Jr., MI
Founder, CatholiCity
The Mary Foundation


Drew J. Mariani
President, Marian Communications
Host, The Road Less Traveled Radio Program


Rev. C.J. McCloskey, III
Director, Catholic Information Center


Norma Leah McCorvey
Director, Roe No More Ministry


Alan Napleton
President, Catholic Marketing Network


Barbara Neilan, MD
President, Philadelphia Catholic Medical Association


Timothy T. O'Donnell
President, Christendom College


Jose' Luis Orella
President, ARBIL


Jean-Francois Orsini
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


Thomas Rutkoski
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.


Gerald Solitario
President, Catholics for the Unborn


Ernesto J. Sosa
Vice President, Plastec USA, Inc.


Bryan S. Thatcher
Founder, Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy


Geri Urrutia
Director, Shield of Roses


Dean S. Weber
Leader, Presentation Ministries


Mo Woltering
Executive Director, Human Family Foundation


Stephen Wood
President, Family Life Center International


Kevin J. Wright
Catholic Travel Author


 

   
 
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