June 17, 2010
Dear Missionary of the Gospel of Life,
I pray this summer finds you deepening your relationship with the Author of Life and His calling upon you as a Missionary of the Gospel of Life!
Among the 4 Spiritual Disciplines of the Missionaries is Apostolic Witness, the call to bear witness to Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Life in the midst of the culture of death.
The Pro-life Freedom Rides Campaign, July 23-24 in Birmingham and Atlanta, gives us an excellent opportunity to unite in Apostolic Witness with all of the Pastoral Associates of Priests for Life and Missionaries from throughout the Country. Every Missionary should be participating at some level and in some segment of the Pro-life Freedom Rides Campaign, www.prolifefreedomrides.com.
If there is any way you can join us in Birmingham, Alabama to “kickoff” this historic event, please do so. I know that I speak for Fr. Frank, Dr. Alveda King and the entire pastoral staff when I say, we would love to see you and partner with you in this campaign for life.
The Friday evening Freedom Ride Assembly will include incredible speakers, corporate repentance for the sin of abortion, celebration of life, and the introduction of a new pro-life anthem –The Least of These-composed for this very campaign!
The following morning we will have a prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood and then caravan to Atlanta for our concluding service at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King at the King Center, Atlanta, Georgia.
If there is any way you can make it for any or all of the Campaign, please do so. The beautiful Sheraton Birmingham Hotel is giving a special rate to participants. This special rate is good through July 5; I encourage you to reserve your room now. You may want to combine your participation in the Pro-life Freedom Rides Campaign with a visit to EWTN, just minutes away from the Sheraton.
Again, the fellowship will be wonderful, the event historic and all of us together will be pressing up against the gates of hell and they will not prevail against us!
Please review the detailed schedule and helpful information at, www.prolifefreedomrides.com and participate at whatever level you can.
Spread the word broadly and help us to mobilize a people of life.
Now, a special message from Fr. Frank Pavone:
We have been very blessed to have Sue Turner handling so much of the important work of the MEVs, and I know so many of you have received from her the help and encouragement that enabled you to continue this process of formation and make your promises. Actually, Sue has been helping Priests for Life from long before the MEV program was in place. She helped me first get onto EWTN in the mid-90’s! So I’m very grateful for all she has done.
Recently we decided to centralize some of the administrative work of MEV to our New York headquarters to allow for tighter integration with the rest of our staff and programs. Therefore our newest full-time employee, Laura Peters, will be handling from now on the work that Sue did. She just moved to New York from Alabama and has been very active in organizing and training students for the pro-life cause. I ask you to welcome Laura with enthusiasm and be in close contact with her. She will introduce herself to you more fully in an upcoming communication.
Thanks for all that you do. Let’s continue to move forward with confidence!
Fr. Frank Pavone
Fr. Frank recently filmed an excellent and succinct teaching for the MEV entitled, “The Vision of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.”
Please review this foundational teaching and let others know about it. The video teaching may be found on our MEV homepage, www.missionariesofthegospeloflife.org.
There is no better time than now to fulfill the vision of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.
United with you in Christ and His missionary vision,
Jim Pinto, M.E.V.
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