MONTGOMERY -- Father Frank A. Pavone, director of the New York based Priests for Life, will be one of the featured speakers at the Gethsemane Reconciliation Conference For Men to be held May 5 and 6 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.
Father Pavone will also be speaking at all the Sunday Masses May 7 at Central Alabama's largest Catholic Church, St. Bede the Venerable on the Atlanta Highway.
A 13-week television series on abortion began airing May 1 on Eternal Word Television Network, Birmingham, with Father Pavone as host.
Other featured speakers at the Reconciliation Conference will include Coach Bill McCartney, founder of Promise Keepers; Dr. Lyles Munroe, Bahamas Faith Ministries-International; Bishop George McKinney, St. Stephens C.O.G.I.C. Ministries; Dr. John Ed Matheson, pastor, Frazier Memorial United Methodist Church; Rev. Johnny Lee Clary, founder Johnny Lee Ministries; and Rev. Johnny Hollis, pastor, Antioch Baptist church.
The Praise and Worship session of the Conference will be led by Gil Melendez with special music by Wintley Phipps and the Promise Keepers Choir.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together southeastern men of all races, cultures and creeds in a spirit of healing and reconciliation and to demonstrate that through the power of God the past is not a reflection of the future.
A native of Port Chester, N.Y., Father Pavone attended Don Bosco College Seminary where he earned a B.A. Degree in Philosophy with teacher certification in Math, English, and Classical languages.
He later attended St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, N.Y., receiving Masters Degrees in Theology and Sacred Scripture.
Father Pavone was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1988 by Cardinal John O'Connor. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life and now serves full time in the position, traveling around the country preaching and teaching against abortion and helping other priests to do the same.
Father Pavone has also spoken internationally and has been invited by Mother Teresa to address the clergy of India on life issues.