STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will be a guest of the King family Monday at a celebration of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church. This year marks 25 years since the designation of Jan. 15 as a federal holiday set aside to honor and remember the non-violent civil rights activism of Rev. King.
"Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate for the oppressed, and no one is more oppressed than the 52 million unborn children who have been killed in the womb," said Father Pavone, who will join Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, executive director, at the service.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church. On Sunday at 11 a.m., Father Pavone will preach at the Believers Bible Christian Church, 3689 Campbellton Rd., Atlanta.
Last year Priests for Life launched Pro-Life Freedom Rides for the Unborn to raise awareness of the high rate of abortion in the African-American community. The rides, which began with a trip from Birmingham to Atlanta in July, helped solidify ties among a coalition of pro-life African-American leaders from across the country who are committed to ending the genocide of black babies.
“Certainly in this decade America has become pro-life,” Dr. King said. “We are moving toward a victory. My uncle would always say, ‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ And the truth for life is arising for America.”
Since he took over as national director in 1993, Father Pavone has transformed Priests for Life into an internationally recognized organization that fights for the rights of unborn children, and of their mothers and fathers, and has become a family of ministries serving the Church worldwide. Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church working to end abortion and euthanasia.
Priests for Life empowers priests, seminarians, deacons and lay leaders to become more effective champions of life. Priests for Life also operates the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion – Rachel’s’ Vineyard. In partnership with Anglicans for Life, Priests for Life also coordinates the worldwide Silent No More Awareness Campaign, whereby those who have been healed give public witness about how abortion hurt them.