September 2006

Dear Missionary of the Gospel of Life-Lay Associates:

I pray this letter finds you well and growing in the knowledge of the Gospel of Life.

I have recently returned from a historic and momentous event in Amarillo, Texas, that will further establish the culture of life on earth as in heaven. On August 24th we officially broke ground both physically and personally for the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life (M.E.V.). Father Frank Pavone was incardinated into the Missionaries by His Eminence, Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (representing our Holy Father Benedict) and Bishop John Yanta, Diocese of Amarillo, Texas. It seemed that both heaven and earth were hushed as Fr. Frank boldly declared his promises to defend life in union with the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, for the rest of his life! What a perfect selection by our Lord and His Church to establish and lead this timely and prophetic Society of Apostolic Life. God bless Fr. Frank Pavone and the future of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.

Father Frank’s first act, as the first member, priest, and Moderator General of the M.E.V., was to lead five lay leaders in making their Promises as Lay Associates. My beloved wife, Joy, made her promises for a one year period, and I made life time promises. I look forward to working with you in preparation for the holy time when you make your promises
and become a fully recognized lay affiliate of this historic Society of Apostolic Life. Be looking for further details on this historic and momentous day from Father Frank and Priest for Life communications.

In the near future, you will be receiving a Lay Affiliate assessment form that will help clarify the foundational requirements for the making of your promises. The best preparation for meeting the basic requirements is to review all the information at
www.priestsforlife.org/missionary, including all links and past correspondence from me. You should also review the following articles: The Founder's Vision for the Society and Frequently Asked Questions. Be sure that your pastor/priest and spiritual director (strongly recommended you have one if not the same as your pastor/priest) are aware of your participation in the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. They should be aware of the basic nature of the Society and lay participation as found at www.priestsforlife.org/missionary and in the lay affiliates brochure.  Order a good supply.

The first Friday of the month is the day we unite in the discipline of the Pro-Life Examination of Conscience. You may order copies of the “In the Palm of His Hands” booklet which contains the Examination and other devotions.

I eagerly look forward to deepening our relationship as founding, and early members of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.

In the Victory of Christ and the Gospel of Life!

Jim Pinto
Pastoral Associate: Priests for Life
Coordinator: Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Association
Missionary@priestsforlife.org