Fr. Frank A. Pavone
National Director, Priests for
Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life
President, National Pro-life
Pastoral Director, Rachel's
Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the
most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he
was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. He is a priest of the
Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his
bishop’s permission. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for
Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council,
and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign
and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after
abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four states
every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces programs
regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks. He was
asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues, and has
addressed the pro-life caucus of the United States House of Representatives.
The Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which
coordinates the pro-life activities of the Catholic Church. He also serves
as a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life.
He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an
outspoken advocate for her life. He was invited by members of the Class of
2009 at Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those
students who refused to attend the ceremony in which President Obama was
honored. Fr. Frank was invited by members of Congress to preach at the
prayer service they had in the Capitol just prior to the vote on health care
reform. He received the “Proudly Pro-life Award”
by the National Right to Life Committee, and numerous other pro-life awards
and honorary doctorates. He is the author of two books,
Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It,
and Pro-life Reflections for Every
Day. Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs.
Wade abortion decision, called Fr. Frank “the catalyst that brought me
into the Catholic Church.”
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