June 30, 2015
I have written you this urgent letter for one simple reason.
The news out of Washington, D.C. is both good and bad. The
good news is what Congress did to protect our unborn
brothers and sisters. The bad news is how the legal system
is threatening to destroy the pro-life movement.
In a moment I’ll explain how. Before I do …
… it’s critically important that you
make a special “Summer Pledge” so that Priests
for Life can carry on our legal challenge to the HHS mandate
and sustain the pro-life momentum you’ve done so much to
help us build throughout the financially dry summer months!
I cannot over-emphasize the critical importance of your
continued financial support throughout the summer.
Summer is the time when so many of our donors – you included
I suspect – take a well-deserved and much-needed break from
the rigors of daily life, including your stalwart efforts on
the front lines of the battle to end abortion. I know you
need a break. And I’m glad you take one.
For our part here at Priests for Life headquarters, we are
committed to remaining at our posts and carrying on the
fight without any let up. We do so for three reasons:
Because there can be no rest when upwards of 3,000 babies
are being killed every day in abortion mills.
Because this is what God has called us to do. And …
Because those who promote the killing of babies never take a
That said, the priests and Pastoral Associates here at
Priests for Life will be on full-alert throughout the
summer. But we desperately need your financial support so we
can carry on our work, whether here at Priests for Life
headquarters meeting the needs of the pro-life movement, or
on the road preaching the Gospel of Life and energizing
pro-life activists to stay the course.
And that brings me to the “good news / bad news” that I have
to tell you.
First, the good news: The U.S. House of Representatives
passed the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”. This
bill is a life-saving measure for thousands of children who
can feel pain and would feel it severely if dismembered by
abortion. Without a doubt this
is the most significant piece of pro-life legislation ever
to be passed at the federal level. And
it is the next chapter in our ongoing battle to end ALL
You and the entire Priests for Life family played a vital
role in making this happen.
But the worst thing we can do for our unborn brothers and
sisters right now would be to think the fight to end
abortion is over and we can now sit back and rest on our
Nothing could be further from the truth!
And the bad news I have for you proves that.
As I told you in a prior letter, the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals has decreed that Priests for Life must abide by the
tyrannical HHS mandate and take a direct role in expanding
abortion and subjecting defenseless children to a horrific
Since Priests for Life will NEVER comply with or submit to
such an order, we’re preparing to file an appeal of the
ruling to the Supreme Court.
But we only have 90 days to file that appeal.
And in order to file that appeal – as well as to then do all
the legal work necessary to argue our case before the Court
– we have to replenish the Priests for Life “Legal Fund.”
That’s why I’ve written you this urgent letter.
Your financial help is critically needed from now until
Labor Day so that Priests for Life can:
Take our lawsuit against the HHS mandate to the
Supreme Court. As I just told you, we only
have 90 days in which to file our appeal. And since
we’re up against the power and might of the federal
government, we need your financial help. The Priests for
Life “Legal Fund” needs an immediate infusion of at least
$100,000 so we can protect both religious freedom and the
Sustain our work with Congress.
the House has passed the “Pain Capable Unborn Child
Protection Act” we’ve got to do a full court press with
members of the Senate and make sure they do so as well.
Conduct our pro-life parish missions. These
pick up during the summer when we volunteer to man parishes
while priests and pastors take vacations. It’s our busiest
and most important time of the year.
Organize a special Pro-life Event. Priests
for Life has been asked to host this event during the
Vatican's upcoming World Meeting of Families. Since abortion
remains the single greatest threat to the family, it is
critically important that we provide pro-family leaders with
the resources they need to fight abortion.
Do more pro-life training of priests and deacons.
This is one of our most important projects. Priests
for Life is the ONLY organization in the
country with the experience and resources needed to train
clergy to be dynamic preachers of the Gospel of Life. For
every priest we train, a THOUSAND people become actively
engaged in the pro-life movement.
Carry out our “Stand True” Summer Mission.
Seven young pro-life missionaries will join Bryan Kemper –
Director of Priests for Life’s Youth Outreach – and conduct
pro-life events that will bring more young people into the
Persevere in our vital post-abortion healing work.
This is extremely important. It is work that the
Holy Father himself has encouraged Priests for Life to “go
forward with.” Through Rachel's Vineyard and the Silent No
More Awareness Campaign, we reach out to women – and men! –
who’ve been damaged by abortion and give them the
opportunity to experience God’s healing and forgiveness.
Those are EIGHT WAYS in which you
fulfill your pro-life vocation through your partnership with
Priests for Life.
And that’s only a small sample of the work your dollars will
help fund this summer.
Our work together has helped accomplish a great deal, not
only this year, but for several years running:
Since 2008 we’ve witnessed an 8% DECREASE in the number
In raw numbers, that’s over 200,000 lives saved … every
The number of abortionists and abortion mills is in
What’s more 89% of all U.S. counties are ABORTION-FREE
60% of Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong!
84% want significant restrictions on abortion.
64% oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
That’s progress, pure and simple. Progress we have got to
sustain and expand on. But the Appeals Court ruling puts all
that work – indeed, the entire pro-life movement – in
Which brings me back to your much-needed Summer
It will take roughly $1,950,000 to fund all of the work I
just listed for you.
And every penny of that amount will come from you and your
fellow Priests for Life family members because we receive no
funds from any official Church entity ... neither from Rome
nor here in the United States. And that in spite of the fact
that many at the Vatican – including Pope Francis himself –
as well as Bishops around the world and here in the U.S.
wholeheartedly endorse our Priests for Life ministry.
When all is said and done, it is YOU and dedicated pro-life
champions like you who make our work possible. You fulfill
your pro-life vocation through your partnership with Priests
Which is why I’m counting on you to make a “Summer Pledge”
Simply put, we need your help for two vital reasons. First,
to cement the successes we’ve accomplished thus far in 2015
and build on them. And second, so we appeal to the Supreme
Court and win legal protection for Priests for Life – as
well as you, all believers and all pro-life activists – from
being forced to take part in the government’s immoral and
unjust expansion of abortion through ObamaCare and the HHS
Ideally, I’d like to raise our entire summer budget in the
next thirty days. All $1,950,000 of it. But since that’s not
likely to happen given the time of year and the woeful state
of the economy, I’ve broken our summer budget into three
$650,000 now for June.
Another $650,000 for July.
And the remaining $650,000 by the second week of August.
In order to meet those monthly budget goals I need you to
make a Summer Pledge today!
Here is a list of the Pledge amounts that will enable
Priests for Life to raise our entire summer budget:
1 person to Pledge $100,000 = $100,000
3 friends to Pledge $50,000 each = 150,000
6 people to Pledge $25,000 each = 150,000
20 partners to Pledge $10,000 each = 200,000
40 co-workers to Pledge $5,000 each = 200,000
300 individuals to Pledge $1,000 each = 300,000
500 supporters to Pledge $500 each = 250,000
1,000 associates to Pledge $250 each = 250,000
2,000 members to Pledge $100 each = 200,000
4,000 comrades to Pledge $50 each = 200,000
That’s a total of 7,870 friends and supporters Pledging
$2,000,000 to Priests for Life
Prayerfully consider making one of those Pledge amounts and
make it a tangible sign of your deep commitment to the
mission of ending America’s abortion holocaust.
All I ask of you is that you be:
(1)As generous as you always have been. And ...
(2)That you do this right now, before you go on to your next
Thank you helping.
I know it will entail sacrifice on your part. And because it
will – and in heartfelt appreciation for your partnership
with Priests for Life and your commitment to the pro-life
cause – I will remember you at every Mass I offer; as will
all the priests of Priests for Life.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Frank, National Director
Priests for Life
P.S. If there is any chance
that you can
send your entire “Summer Pledge” today that
would be a singular blessing. I didn’t mention this in
the work I listed above, but we have brought a new
priest on board:
Fr. Stephen Imbarrato. Having worked
with Father Steve, I can assure you of this: He has such
an infectious dynamism about him that he will bring a
great catch of new pro-life activists into our movement.
A portion of your “Summer Pledge” dollars will be used
to get Fr. Imbarrato ON THE ROAD, training his brother
priests and bringing new recruits into the fight to end