Priests for Life on the
Volume 2, Number 1 -
issues of Frontlines
March for Life a
The March for Life of 2006
was a tremendous success. Click here for a
reflection on the march from Fr. Frank Pavone,
and see the following galleries for photos (you may find yourself in them!):
Fr. Frank speaks to Catholic University
Protest at Washington DC Planned
Parenthood killing center.
Marchers from around the nation
greet Fr. Frank at hotel.
Fr. Frank joins
Nellie Gray for March for Life Convention.
Preaching at St. Peter’s Church on
Capitol Hill on January 22
students from Archdiocese of Chicago at John Paul II Cultural Center in DC
Marching for Life
Briefing at US Senate
about the film “A Distant Thunder”
Bishop Yanta Signs Our Constitutions!
Since our last edition of Frontlines, the high point in our activity has been the
official establishment of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life as a
Society of Apostolic Life. What this means is that we are now able to accept
our own seminarians and train them in the mission and spirituality of Priests
for Life, and eventually send them forth as priests, deacons, or lay missionaries
totally devoted to ending abortion. The official ceremony in which Bishop John Yanta signed the Constitutions of the Society and formally
established it took place in St. Lucien’s Chapel, on the grounds of the
diocesan headquarters in Amarillo,
Texas. This chapel is a short
walk from where our seminarians live, and is where they have daily Mass, holy
hour, and other liturgical services.
Left: Bishop Yanta, after signing the official decree starting the new
New Discernment Retreat
few weeks after this ceremony, much of our pastoral team was again assembled in
that chapel in order to conduct another discernment retreat for men from
around the country who are considering joining the Society. Along with these
regular retreats, our priests are busy calling and emailing people who have
expressed an interest in joining.
Right: Fr. Frank and some
of his priests at Mass for the discernment retreat in January.
The Purpose of Our
On a recent parish weekend in California,
Fr. Denis Wilde, O.S.A., shared with the pastor our brochure on preaching to
children about abortion. The pastor heard Fr. Wilde preach, and was pleased.
When the children’s mass came, the pastor wanted to take the homily himself and
did a great job putting forth the pro-life message. Fr. Wilde said that it was
so satisfying to see, right before his eyes, a pastor finding new courage to
address the abortion issue. Fr. Wilde told him that this is exactly what
Priests for Life aims to do, to equip our brother priests to address abortion
Help Priests to Be Courageous
Fr. Mark Clarke, C.M.F. preached at a parish where the pastor indicated that
some of his parishioners say he talks too much about abortion
and others say he doesn’t talk about it enough. He praised Fr. Mark and Priests
for Life for coming, and told his people that as a pastor, he has an obligation
to communicate the Church's teaching on abortion to his
people, and Priests for Life is especially suited to communicate this message
and encourage a more vocal and active role in the pro-life movement.
Preparing for a
New Year to Protect Life
Meanwhile, in our Staten Island office,
December is usually a month of reorganization. We regularly update our filing
system, which consists of an advanced, interlocking system of hard folders and
databases, tracking every pro-life group, book, audio, video, and project that
we come to know about throughout the world. I took some much-needed time to
focus in on the paperwork that accumulates on my desk while I travel – despite
the help of dozens of lay staff who handle emails, faxes, and postal mail that
arrives each day. We also update our staff procedure manual every December and
give updated training to all these staff people.
Right: Dan Matejek, Administrative Assistant to Fr. Frank, updates
filing on pro-life groups.
Christmas Time as a Family
the midst of this, of course, we make the Christmas preparations and celebrate
the joy of the season. This year was no different.
Left: Some of our Priests
for Life priests with …you know who!
Father Pavone Visits EWTN
December, I also made another visit to EWTN and preached at the daily Mass. At the urging of
some of you, I have been announcing the days of my EWTN preaching, and these
are also publicized throughout the year on the travel schedule that you find
posted here on our website.
Georgette Receive Award
Janet Morana, our Associate Director, and Georgette
Forney, President of Anglicans for Life, have been organizing the Silent No More Awareness Campaign gatherings that will take
place in January throughout the country. Both Janet and Georgette were honored
by the Virginia affiliate The Family
Foundation of Focus on the Family on December 5, 2005 when US Senator
George Allen presented them each with the Anne B. Kincaid Pro Life Award.
Many of you send Janet congratulatory messages and she is very grateful to all
of you for your encouragement. Right: Georgette
(l.) and Janet (r.) with Senator Allen (c.).
Janet Morana Appointed to Associate Director of the Respect Life
Office in Amarillo
Because of our close association with the
Diocese of Amarillo, Janet also serves as the Associate Director of the Respect
Life Office of that diocese. In that capacity, she traveled to Amarillo in December and presented a day of
training to the parish pro-life coordinators. Rita Diller
does an excellent job overseeing the pro-life outreach of the diocese. Fr. Mark
Clarke, CMF, full-time Priest-Associate of Priests for Life, also assisted with
the presentations that day.
Right: Janet Morana (c.) and Rita Diller (in
red) with aspirants and parish pro-life coordinators.
Gospel of Life
with Father Peter West and Father Giacomo Capoverdi
television taping for our Gospel of Life television programs continued
full-force as the New Year began, with our taping at the headquarters of Life
Dynamics in Denton, TX. This time we had Fr. Peter West and Fr. Giacomo Capoverdi come on the set
and talk about the importance of the 2006 elections, as well as the value of
public protest against abortion. You can listen to the contents of each show,
or get information on where to view it, by clicking
Left: Fr. Frank, Janet Morana, and Fr. Capoverdi on the
“Gospel of Life” TV set in Denton,
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