March 31 will mark seven years since Terri Schindler Schiavo died after being deliberately dehydrated, with the consent of a Florida court. The International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters (“Terri's Day”) was established in 2007 by the Schindler family and Priests for Life, and is observed each year.
As in previous years, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, asks those who celebrate the sanctity of life to join him in a Novena that will begin today and conclude on Terri’s Day. The “Prayer in Remembrance of Terri Schiavo” can be found in English and Spanish at www.PrayerCampaign.org.
“As I said when I preached at Terri’s funeral Mass, the tragedy of what happened to her is meant to bring us all together, galvanized to help all the other Terris of the world,” Father Pavone said “Let us not miss this opportunity to educate and inspire one another, and let’s all continue to support Terri’s family and the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.”
Father Pavone noted that there is a new urgency for prayer and pro-life activism this year.
“As certain aspects of health care law pose more and more of a threat to human life, we have to be more vigilant than ever to protect the Terris of today and tomorrow,” he said.
The annual National Mass for Terri’s Day at the Ave Maria Oratory at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida, will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30. This year, Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA, Associate Director of Priests for Life, will deliver the homily.
“Terri’s Day” was established to foster education, prayer, and activism to counter discrimination against the disabled. We urge Churches, schools, organizations, families, and individuals to observe this day. Suggested prayers and activities are at www.TerrisDay.org.
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.