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From Our Founder - Fr. Frank Pavone

Dear Friends,

On July 1, 2007 Fr. Frank Pavone accepted the permanent promises of (L to R) Kevin Burke, Theresa Burke, Joy Pinto, and Janet Morana.  Click here for more photos.

What is a "Missionary of the Gospel of Life?"

It is a disciple of Christ who recognizes that the number one moral priority of our day is bringing an end to the massive child-killing taking place through abortion, and restoring the right to life to children in the womb!

Moreover, such a disciple devotes him/herself to either full-time or part-time pro-life activity, in accordance with the spirituality developed by Priests for Life.

This involves making certain commitments to prayer, personal study, and pro-life work to the extent that one’s duties permit. We would provide opportunities for local Life Cell gatherings in which one could learn the spirituality of the Association and be with other people who are making a similar commitment.

On July 1, 2007 Fr. Frank Pavone accepted the first promises of (L to R) Mike Stack, MI, Rita Smith, PA, Theresa Leitold, PA, Veronica Kull, PA, Shelly Glanton, NC and Brenda Desormeaux, LA. Click here for more photos.

Very simply, whatever pro-life work you are already doing can now be done in the context of the spiritual commitment to belong to this Association, and with the special blessing of the Church which such membership brings.

"Missionaries of the Gospel of Life" and "Priests for Life" are the same canonical entity, an Association of the Faithful.

For some throughout the pro-life movement, there is a sense of isolation from the local Church, particularly when there isn't the leadership or encouragement that should be available at the parish level. Pro-life activists are sometimes made to feel like "outsiders."

By belonging to this Association, however, the blessing and support of the Church will be felt in a new way and pro-life activists will be affirmed in what they are doing by their unity with other members of the Association.

This new Pro-life Association is a direct response to the call issued by John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae:What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life. All together, we must build a new culture of life” (EV, n.95).  

Missionaries of the Gospel of Life witness before the Church and the world to the priority of the right to life as the foundation of all other rights, and to the absolute claims to respect and protection that this right makes upon every individual and community in the human family. The Association promotes and defends the natural human right to life, in the light of the Gospel, focusing in particular on ending the scourge of abortion.

Missionaries of the Gospel of Life undertake a process of spiritual and pro-life formation, and then make special promises to defend human life and to collaborate with the Association by following its spirituality and sharing its mission to the extent that their duties allow.

Left: Lay Associate Training in
Birmingham, AL - February 2006


We participate in four overarching spiritual disciplines for personal formation, and to “flesh out” the spirituality and virtues of the Association.   


If a person wants to be a Missionary of the Gospel of Life, there is a period of discernment and study, after which, upon mutual agreement of the Association and the individual, a commitment is made through the special promises mentioned above. 

Attendees at a Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Associates Life Cell/Vision Casting meeting. St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois

Your next steps:

Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Vision Casting Meeting National Right To Life Convention, Nashville, TN. June 23, 2006

Our special email address for the Lay Missionaries of the Gospel of Life is missionary@priestsforlife.org.  Assisting me at our office with the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life is John Fagundes.

Thanks, and God bless you!

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director