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Bishops' endorsements for Priests for Life Study Guide on Evangelium Vitae

Thank you for the Evangelium Vitae study guide you sent me. Thank you also for sharing your reflections on Terri Schiavo's death.  I agree with you that we are at a teachable moment for our people, and I think that this is a very useful kind of resource to have available.  May Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, grant you peace and joy. -- Most Reverend Jose H Gomez, S.T.D., Archbishop of San Antonio

Thank you for your … study guide for Evangelium Vitae.  My heartfelt congratulations to you and your pastoral team for preparing this study guide to accompany Pope John Paul II's  encyclical, The Gospel of Life!  What a marvelous tool to help our people absorb the crucial message of this important document!  I'm delighted that the study guide can be used by an individual or in a group to glean the vibrant message of the Gospel of Life.  I was also quite moved by the compelling message of your leaflet, Terri Schiavo's Final Hours.  Your comment about fresh water for the flowers at her bedside but not for Terri herself highlighted the hypocrisy of a culture that drains the gnat while swallowing the camel.  May the Lord continue to bless all that you do to advance the cause of life!  Fraternally yours in the Lord, -- Most Reverend Victor Galeone, Bishop of St. Augustine

Thank you for your kindness in sending me a copy of the study guide for Pope John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae, as well as reflections on the death of Terri Schiavo.  I am certain that both resources will be of great benefit to our Diocese.  With every good wish, I remain Cordially yours in Christ, -- Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of Rockford 

Allow me to express my congratulations to you and all the members of Priests for Life for the recent publication of your study guide for Evangelium Vitae.  I found the guide to be a concise, informative and faithful summary of the encyclical's teachings.  It will be of great assistance to those in the church who wish to reflect upon more deeply the profound meaning of this important papal teaching.  …  Be assured of my continued prayers for your important ministry in the life of our Church.  May the Holy Spirit continue to move the hearts of all people and lead our society to recognize and embrace the culture of life that comes to us through Jesus Christ.  Sincerely yours in Christ, -- Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn 

This study guide is very helpful in assisting people to read and understand the wonderful message of John Paul II's, The Gospel of Life.  I will encourage and promote the use of it in my diocese so that people truly understand the Church's teaching on the dignity of the human person and the respect of life. -- The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL, Bishop of Cheyenne 

This spiritual study guide, put together by Father Pavone and Priests for Life, offers a readable and practical summary of the critical teachings of our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, with regard to life issues.  It is organized and clear, with points for reflection, discussion, and prayer.  Please be assured of my prayerful best wishes for you and the important work you do on behalf of the Gospel of Life.  Sincerely yours in the Lord, -- Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of Detroit 

This spiritual guide to Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae will be of great help to all who are looking for ways to implement the spirit of this great encyclical in their daily lives - respecting, protecting, loving and serving every human life.  Asking the Lord's blessings upon the work of Priests for Life, and with every best wish, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, -- Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles 

Thank you for sending me a copy of your recent publication on the 10th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II's encyclical, Evangelium Vitae.  Your study guide to the Gospel of Life is a welcome tool to assist our Catholic community in utilizing, in a new and unique way, the beautiful teaching on the gift of life articulated by our late Holy Father.  I have encouraged our Respect Life Office to make this booklet available to our parishes and our respect life ministries in our diocese.  May God continue to bless you in your witness to the dignity and sacredness of every life.  Sincerely yours in Christ, -- Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Bishop of Orlando 

His Excellency, Archbishop Sean O'Malley has asked me to acknowledge his receipt of your recent letter sent with a copy of the Tenth Anniversary Spiritual Guide to Evangelium Vitae and to reply on his behalf.  The Archbishop appreciates your thoughtfulness and your commitment to Pope John Paul II's legacy of the defense of life in all times and in all places.  May his intercession lead hearts and minds to embrace the Gospel of Life.  It is good to know of the prayers that you were able to offer for Terri Schiavo during the final time of her illness, surely this was a source of spiritual help for Terri and for her family.  May she be at peace in the presence of the Lord and may her prayers help us to treasure the gift of life.  Thank you for your prayers for the Archbishop and for his work, with the help of God and one another let us go forward to build up the Church.  With an assurance of our prayers and all whom you serve, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, -- Reverend Robert T. Kickham, Secretary to the Archbishop 

Thank you very much for the copy of your new study guide on Pope John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae.  It offers an excellent approach to the dual challenge of understanding and living the teachings of this very important document.  We will be informing our pastors and our parish Respect Life Coordinators of the availability of both the study guide, and the pamphlet entitled Terri Schiavo's Final Hours.  We are grateful for the courageous work that you do in building the Culture of Life.  Be assured of my prayers.  Fraternally yours in Christ, -- Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D, S.S.L, D.D, Bishop of Paterson 

Thank you for forwarding to me a copy of the study guide Evangelium Vitae - The Gospel of Life: A Spiritual Guide to the Encyclical of Pope John Paul II.  I am very grateful to you and clergy and pastoral associates of Priests for Life for making this resource available to us on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of this great encyclical of our late and beloved Pope John Paul II.  This will be a significant tool in helping many discover or rediscover the great wealth of wisdom and teaching contained in this landmark ecclesial document.  I pray that this guide may move us to a still deeper commitment to building a Culture of Life that respects the sacred dignity of human life from conception to its natural end.  Again, my thanks to you for the valuable work of Priests for Life.  Sincerely yours in Christ, -- Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Bishop of Salina 

Keep being, like Pope John Paul II, an apostle for life.  The study guide will help countless people to come to a better understanding of the beautiful gift of human life, which is made in the very image and likeness of God.  More than ever, we need to preach and teach about the sacredness of all human life from its beginning of conception until its natural end as determined by God.  May God bless all of your good efforts.  Your brother in Christ and Mary, -- Most Reverend Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, Bishop of San Angelo 

Thank you for the copy of the study guide on "Evangelium Vitae."  I believe it will be a very useful tool enabling people to understand and put into action the teachings of John Paul II on the sacredness of life.  Thanks for providing this service. -- Bishop Sam Jacobs, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux 

Thank you for sending me copies of your recently published study guide for Evangelium Vitae and your reflection on the death of Terri Schiavo.  I am especially grateful for the study guide.  It is simple and concise and should prove to be a renewed invitation to God's people to immerse themselves again, or perhaps for the first time, in Pope John Paul II's magnificent encyclical on the sanctity of life.  I am impressed by the format of study/discussion and application to one's personal life.  I hope that this little book will receive the wide distribution that it deserves.  Thank you for the wonderful job that you have done.  Assuring you of my prayers for you and your community, I am Fraternally yours in Christ, -- Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs 

Priests for Life is well know for its courageous and straight forward promotion of the dignity of each human life.  I am happy to endorse their current efforts to urge priests and faithful to read the great encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae.  Also, Priests for Life is promoting other useful materials.  We all need to grow in the depth of our knowledge of the mystery and truths about human life so that we can promote them even more effectively.  Wishing you well in your undertaking, Father Pavone, I am Sincerely in the Lord, -- Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark 

On behalf of the Alliance of the Holy Family International, I would like to thank you for having made the International Clergy Retreat Seminar on the Alliance of the Two Hearts a success. Your valuable contribution has certainly made a big difference to all the priests who participated. The Alliance of the Holy Family movement highly respects your expertise and its contribution to its family apostolate. I pray that you would continue supporting us. And as we approach the great Jubilee Year, I fervently pray that we can help bring back more souls to the Church and to the practice of the Sacraments. The Holy Mother Church needs your selfless generosity in this great time of need" -- --Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu and AHFI Clergy Chairman

I find the reflections and discussion questions especially helpful.  They offer a good overview of this most important encyclical, and they help us to incorporate its content and spirit into our personal lives.  Thank you again for providing this spiritual guide to the encyclical.  May we continue to work toward building a culture wherein all  human life is cherished and protected from conception until natural death. -- Most Rev Francis Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate II 


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