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Nellie Gray

Friday, August 24th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night I was privileged to gather with a relatively small group of pro-life leaders and activists for the wake service of Nellie Gray. Board members of the March for Life, along with some pro-life leaders from Washington DC-based groups and elsewhere, gathered in a quiet Church of Saint Mary on 5th Street NW. This was Nellie’s parish, where she attended the Traditional Latin Mass. Some family members of Nellie were there, specifically three nieces and a nephew. They had come in from Texas and Georgia, and I very much enjoyed talking with them and reminiscing about Nellie.

I arrived at the Church at the same time the casket arrived, and we had a short initial prayer service at the door. One of the first people I saw there on the sidewalk was Dee Becker, who served for a long time as Vice-President of the March for Life and whom I have known and worked with for many years. Janet Morana and I had spoken with Dee on the phone not long after we got the news about Nellie, and Janet reminded her to make sure that Nellie’s distinctive red coat, which she wore at every March, was preserved. Sure enough, there next to her casket, on a coat stand, was the red coat (with a March for Life button pinned to it), red hat, and red scarf. It brought back many memories.

My friend and colleague Pastor Luke Robinson shared an exhortation during the evening service. He read the Life Principles, reminding us that this is the basis on which Nellie asked us to unite the pro-life movement. Moreover, he pointed out how Nellie made the Silent No More Awareness Campaign an integral aspect of the March, thereby representing her conviction that abortion did not only destroy the baby, but the baby’s parents as well.

Nellie and I had a number of very honest discussions about what would happen with the March for Life after she died. One concern of hers was paramount: that its nature and message be preserved. It is not simply a rally and march; it is an expression of the American people to their elected representatives that all law must conform to the Life Principles, without exception or compromise. It will take a while for all of us to grieve and readjust to Nellie’s absence. But I’m confident that her hope about the future of the March will be fulfilled.

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National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dawning of the year 2013 brings the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States throughout pregnancy. The pro-life movement is gearing up to observe this anniversary in January and throughout the year.

Plans have long been in the works for the 2013 interdenominational National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, held every year on the morning of the annual March for Life in Washington DC. It brings pro-life activists together from around the nation.

“There are certain galvanizing moments in the history of every movement for social reform – moments that represent definitive turning points on the path to victory. For the pro-life movement, the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade can and should be such a moment,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Presidentof the National Pro-Life Religious Council. “Together, let’s make it so by joining together for this national memorial service, representing the entire Body of Christ in its prayer and its call for equal protection of our unborn brothers and sisters!”

Sponsors will include the National Pro-Life Religious Council; Priests for Life/Gospel of Life Ministries; National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill; National Clergy Council; Faith and Action, and National Pro-Life Radio.

“Some things just can’t be ignored by Christians. The sanctity of God’s gift of life is one of them. The anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision gives all of us an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to this sacred obligation, said the Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council and lead missionary of Faith and Action. “I am asking all the pastors, churches, and lay people I know to commit to this special gathering above anything else in 2013. Put it on your calendar. Bring family, friends, and church members with you. Let’s make this our biggest effort ever to restore respect for God’s gift of life!”

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 in the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. To keep up to date as plans progress for the prayer service and other events regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe, visit www.roevswade40.com.

“It is absolutely critical, as we prepare for the most solemn duty ofcitizenship, to pray for and end of the worst scourge in our nation’s experience. Our prayer must be earnest, bold and united,” said the Rev. Paul Schenck, founding director and Chairman of the National Pro-Life Center.  “The National Memorial for the Pre-Born is that kind of prayer -the prayer needed now more than ever. No one who believes in the sanctity and dignity of human life should neglect this high call to pray!”

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

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