Congratulations to Alveda King and Marie Smith

This weekend, a national pro-life award, called the Life Prizes, was given to two full-time members of the Priests for Life pastoral team. Dr. Alveda King, director of African American outreach for Priests for Life, and Marie Smith, wife of Congressman Chris Smith and director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, were honored for their tireless work on behalf of the unborn. Both Marie and Alveda travel and speak as part of the Priests for Life/Gospel of Life team around the world, and are convinced that the Church needs to be fully activated in order to transform both culture and law. We congratulate Alveda King and Marie Smith. You can learn more about what they do or invite them to visit your community by going to

Society of Centurions

For some 18 years, under the leadership of Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Philip Ney, the Society of Centurions has existed to provide a mutually encouraging fellowship of those who have used their professional skills to kill children by abortion, but now have ceased to do so.

Like the Centurion who, upon taking part in the death of Jesus, repented and declared, “Surely, this was an innocent man,” so the Centurions of today, having partaken in the deaths of unborn children, have repented and declared, “Surely, these were innocent lives.”

But what happens next?

These individuals need healing, and a helping hand to walk the difficult path of re-humanizing the children they killed by re-humanizing themselves. The Society of Centurions provides this path to healing through powerful seminars that gather and guide such former abortion providers.

Priests for Life is playing a key role in announcing and fostering this healing. We invite those who are in the abortion industry to come out. We invite those who have come out of the abortion industry to contact us and to discuss their options for healing and wholeness.

We also invite those who know anyone who may benefit from the Centurions to likewise contact us.

And let’s pray for all these men and women, that the peace of Christ may be theirs.

The Beloved Community and the Unborn

Dear Friend of Life,

In the midst of our nation’s commemorations this week of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing child-killing, three members of the family of Dr. Martin Luther King issued a statement (below) declaring that the Beloved Community includes unborn children.

Mrs. Naomi Barber King, who married Martin’s younger brother, Rev. A.D. Williams King, was joined by Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin) and Rev. Derek King (nephew of Martin) in articulating the position that a philosophy of non-violence must oppose violence in all its forms. Therefore, it cannot ignore the violence of abortion. The work of justice and equality, by definition, means justice and equality for everyone, and therefore cannot ignore the tiniest children.

As our nation marches, preaches, and prays against abortion this weekend, Priests for Life urges clergy and all pro-life activists to echo these words of the King Family on behalf of the unborn.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

“As our nation pauses to recommit itself to fulfilling the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we invite our fellow citizens to reflect on how that dream touches every human life. Dr. King taught that justice and equality need to be as wide-reaching as humanity itself. Nobody can be excluded from the Beloved Community. He taught that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’

In his 1967 Christmas sermon, he pointed out the foundation of this vision: ‘The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.’

The work of building the Beloved Community is far from finished. In each age, it calls us to fight against poverty, discrimination, and violence in every form. And as human history unfolds, the forms that discrimination and violence take will evolve and change. Yet our commitment to overcome them must not change, and we must not shrink from the work of justice, no matter how unpopular it may become.

In our day, therefore, we cannot ignore the discrimination, injustice, and violence that are being inflicted on the youngest and smallest members of the human family, the children in the womb. Thousands of these children are killed every day in America by abortion, throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

We declare today that these children too are members of the Beloved Community, that our destiny is linked with theirs, and that therefore they deserve justice, equality, and protection.

And we can pursue that goal, no matter what ethnic, religious, or political affiliation we have. None of that has to change in order for us to embrace Dr. King’s affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. It simply means that in our efforts to set free the oppressed, we include the children in the womb.

We invite all people of good will to join us in the affirmation that children in the womb have equal rights and human dignity.”

Dr. Alveda King
Director, African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mrs. Naomi Barber King
Wife of the late Rev. A.D. King (brother of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Rev. Derek King
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Congratulations to Our Two Life Prize Winners!

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, offered his congratulations today to two full-time Priests for Life associates chosen to receive the “Norinne A. and Raymond E. Ruddy Memorial Pro-Life Prize” for 2009-2010. The $100,000 prizes are awarded annually to individuals or organizations that work to protect and preserve the sanctity of life.

The Gerard Health Foundation will present the awards on Saturday, Jan. 22, in Washington, D.C., to Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Marie Smith, founder and full-time director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, a ministry of Priests for Life/Gospel of Life.

“It is very gratifying to have the Foundation recognize the commitment Dr. King and Mrs. Smith share in spreading the pro-life message across the nation and the world,” Father Pavone said. “Both of them travel extensively to ensure that as many people as possible, in as many locales as possible, hear their message about the sanctity of all human life.”

Dr. King, the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., came on board at Priests for Life in 2005. She is also a member of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a joint initiative of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life.

Dr. King is the mother of six children, and the grandmother of six, with another three on the way. Click here for her full biography:

Mrs. Smith’s organization, the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues ( came under the Gospel of Life umbrella last year. Based in Washington, D.C., PNCI assists lawmakers and religious leaders around the world to more effectively advance pro-life laws and build sustainable pro-life leadership.

Mrs. Smith and her husband, Rep. Chris Smith, (R-N.J.) are a power couple in the pro-life movement and have been working on the cause, together and separately, since meeting in college. The Smiths have been married for 33 years and are the parents of four children and grandparents of two.

Priests for Life to be Represented at Louisiana March for Life

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Peter West, associate director of Priests for Life, will take part in Louisiana’s first-ever March for Life Saturday in Baton Rouge.

The March will begin at 10 a.m. at the Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. Sponsoring this inaugural event are the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops/Justice Committee, the Knights of Columbus, Louisiana Right to Life, Louisiana Baptist Convention, Louisiana Family Forum and Louisiana’s Concerned Women for America.

“Louisiana is one of the most pro-life states in the country in terms of laws restricting abortion,” Father West said. “Priests for Life supports the pro-life community here and we wanted to be present at this historic event.”

A pro-life activist for 25 years, Father West was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1991. He spent almost seven years in pastoral ministry before being released by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was then the leader of the Newark Archdiocese, to serve with Priests for Life.

Since joining Priests for Life on April 1, 1998, he has spoken to both priests and laity at more than 300 parishes throughout the United States.

Following the March for Life, Father West will lead a pro-life parish weekend at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located at 4401 7th Street, Marrero. Call 504-341-9516 for the mass schedule.

To arrange an interview with Father West, call Dan Matejek at 888-735-3488, or email Father West at

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

Shedding Light on the Truth

The debate in America about partial-birth abortion did a lot to shift public opinion in a pro-life direction, because it focused attention on what actually happens to the baby during an abortion – and what happens is not pleasant. That procedure was banned. But the D and E procedure is one among those that remains legal. In a D and E, the baby, while alive, is dismembered limb from limb. Medical textbooks and sworn court testimony describe how the abortionist pulls off the arms and legs and crushes the head.

Above and beyond any thoughts they have about abortion in the abstract, it’s time to ask our fellow citizens what they think about D and E. Many who call themselves pro-choice nevertheless oppose this procedure. Find out more at

Join Us in Praying to End Abortion

The Catholic bishops of the United States have designated January 22 as a special day of prayer and penance in reparation for the massive killing that has resulted from the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision (handed down January 22, 1973) which permitted abortion throughout pregnancy.

Prayer is the foundation of all we do in the pro-life movement, and Priests for Life invites you to join tens of thousands of others who are offering, each day, a prayer of commitment to build a culture of life. We urge you to pray, throughout the year, the daily prayer to end abortion. You can find the prayer at and at the end of this message.

We ask not only individuals to commit to saying this prayer but entire congregations in churches of all denominations. The pro-life movement is ecumenical and consists of men and women of every religious persuasion. We also encourage families and schools to say this prayer together.

In addition, please join our Pray to End Abortion cause on Facebook at There are already over 72, 000 people signed on to this cause. Let’s get that number into the millions!

Please spread the word about the daily prayer to end abortion to your email lists, from your websites, from your social networking accounts and in any way possible.

This weekend and early next week will hold many pro-life events from Coast to Coast. See for more information. I hope to see you in the next few days!

God bless you,
Fr. Frank Pavone

Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Arrest of Philly Abortionist and Eight Co-Workers is Indictment of Abortion Industry

Staten Island, NY – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement upon the arrest of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, his wife, and eight co-workers on eight counts of murder. The arrests followed a lengthy investigation revealing what a grand jury found to be a “criminal enterprise” that involved “routinely and deliberately” killing babies born alive.

“Having dealt for 30 years with the abortion industry and abortionists, both practicing and converted, I am not in the least surprised by this development, and neither should the American people be surprised. This is happening every day across America,” Father Pavone said.

“If you read the medical textbook Abortion Practice and the sworn court testimony in which abortionists describe the procedure, you will read about how babies are dismembered limb from limb every day legally in America.

“There is a silver lining to the cloud of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, namely, that we will finally wake up to what is happening. It is the norm and not the exception.”

For more information on the Priests for Life educational campaign on dismemberment abortion, visit

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

Events This Weekend

Dear Fellow Pro-Lifer:

I invite you to view a powerful video about the Silent No More Awareness Campaign gatherings that will take place both in San Francisco and Washington, DC, this month. Watch the video at In San Francisco, this happens right at the conclusion of the Walk for Life on January 22. In DC, it happens on January 24th at the steps of the Supreme Court as soon as the March for Life reaches that point.

If you are coming to San Francisco or DC, please make plans to join us at these gatherings to show support for these brave women and men and to hear their testimonies in person. Whether or not you can attend, please read and spread the testimonies found at This would be a great way to commemorate the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade this month.

Anyone who regrets their abortion or lost fatherhood and would like to give a testimony or hold a sign at one of the gatherings should go to to sign up.

In each city, I will be part of an important prayer service and I hope you will join me.

In San Francisco on Friday, January 21, I will speak at an interfaith prayer service to be held from 8-9pm PT at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Georgette Forney, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will also participate in this event.

In Washington, DC, on the morning of the March for Life, January 24, I will deliver the homily at the nation’s premier pro-life service on Capitol Hill, “The National Clergy Conference for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers.” It will take place from 8am-10:00am in room HVC 201, in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center (CVC). Please arrive early enough to go through security. For more information on how to get to HVC 201 and on the security rules see

Also, as we commemorate the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision this month, please join thousands of other pro-lifers in saying a special prayer in reparation found at

Please, spread the word about all of these events and share the video link, the testimonies and Prayer of Reparation by way of your email lists, social networking accounts, by making a link from your website or in any other way you can think of. See for complete information on these events and more.

God bless you,
Fr. Frank Pavone

Naomi King to Receive Award

Mrs. Naomi Barber King was married to the younger brother of Martin Luther King, Jr. Among Mrs. King’s children is Dr. Alveda King, the full-time Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life who is bringing so much attention to the abortion issue within the African-American community. Naomi King has also spoken out about abortion, pointing out how staggering the statistics are, especially among Black women. She has also shared her personal testimony about how she chose life with the encouragement of her family. On the day of the March for Life, I will have the pleasure of presenting Mrs. King with the National Pro-life Recognition Award, at the morning prayer service on Capitol Hill. You are invited to this prayer service, which starts at 8am, and details of the location will be at