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Priests for Life Newsletter

 

Volume 17, Number 5
September - October 2007

 

Click here for the PDF of the newsletter 

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Priests for Life

 

1. Is Priests for Life funded by dioceses, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, or the Vatican?

No. Priests for Life is funded by the generous and regular contributions of individual laity and priests across the country. Priests for Life is a 501 (c) 3 organization and therefore donations are tax-deductible and are made out to “Priests for Life.” We raise our money mostly through direct-mail fundraising.

 

2. Does Priests for Life have a Board of Directors?

 

Yes, the Priests for Life Board of Directors is composed of priests and laity who oversee the operations of the corporation in accordance with all federal and state laws. Among its other duties, the Board sees to it that annual audits are conducted, and these have demonstrated from year to year the fiscal responsibility of the organization.

 

3. Who started Priests for Life?

 

Priests for Life actually started in San Francisco by a number of priests who wanted to activate and encourage their brother priests in the pro-life cause. Fr. Lee Kaylor was the first President of the organization. He came to know Fr. Frank Pavone and Fr. Jim Heyd, and eventually asked them to serve in leadership capacities. It was in 1993 that Fr. Frank Pavone became the first full-time director of Priests for Life, with the permission of Cardinal John O’Connor, and Fr. Jim Heyd became the first part-time Associate Director, with the permission of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. At that time the headquarters of Priests for Life moved from San Francisco to New York.

4. Does Priests for Life cover more issues than abortion?

 

(As if abortion isn’t enough…!) Priests for Life was established to address the primary, overriding moral issue of our day, which is abortion. The organization’s founding documents also indicate that the tragedy of euthanasia, which likewise directly attacks the right to life itself, would be a focus of its concerns. Pope John Paul II, particularly in his encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” (1995), and the United States bishops, particularly in their document “Living the Gospel of Life” (1998), likewise point to these two issues as primary in urgency. At the same time, and consistent with those same documents, Priests for Life points out the linkage among all the life issues, and the fact that our concern for life must be consistent. Therefore Priests for Life does provide preaching resources on related issues such as contraception and the death penalty (see www.priestsforlife.org/contraception and www.priestsforlife.org/deathpenalty). However, as Cardinal Joseph Bernardin pointed out years ago and as the US Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities still points out, acknowledging the “consistent ethic of life” does not mean that all issues are of equal importance, and does not remove the right of organizations and individuals to focus on one or more particular issues. Priests for Life, therefore, focuses on abortion, and to a lesser extent, on euthanasia.

 

5. Is Priests for Life just for priests?

 

No, because priests are not just for priests. Priests are called to serve, nourish, and stir into flame the gifts of the whole Church for the building of the Kingdom of God. The great task of transforming society into a Culture of Life, starting in the family and extending into the realm of business, media, politics, and every other arena, belongs to the laity by virtue of their baptism and confirmation. Priests for Life seeks to help the laity do so, and to help priests to provide such help more effectively.

 

Therefore, Priests for Life serves the entire Church. Lay men and women can join Priests for Life as “lay associates.” Priests for Life offers pro-life training, networking, and encouragement for the laity.

 

6. What is the status of Priests for Life in Canon Law?

 

Priests for Life belongs to the category of “Associations of the Faithful,” which enable members of the Church who want to join such associations to work together to advance particular aspects of the work of the Church.

 

Priests for Life Is International!

 

Priests for Life is an international movement. Aside from the fact that our television and radio broadcasts, internet resources and mailings go to many countries, we also are present in person on every continent. Our ministry of Rachel’s Vineyard conducts retreats and training for post-abortion healing in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Portugal, Ireland, England, Spain, Italy, Korea, Poland, Taiwan, and various countries in South America and Africa. The retreat manual has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Flemish, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Chinese translations are forthcoming.

 

Our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, co-sponsored by Anglicans for Life, has held gatherings in Canada, Mexico, Ireland and others.

 

Priests for Life has helped to establish “Priests for Life Canada” and has been present often in Mexico to assist pro-life efforts there. We maintain a permanent office in Rome.

 

Other Priests for Life speakers have presented in India, Slovakia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Portugal, Poland, and the Philippines.

 

Life on the Line

 

Each week, Priests for Life presents a half-hour radio program called “Life on the Line,” bringing practical updates, action items, in-depth analyses, and vibrant conversations with leaders and activists in the pro-life movement. This radio program airs on the Bott and Salem Radio networks. This is a great way to keep up to date on what is going on in the movement, and to stay motivated and inspired. You’ll hear the success stories, see the challenges coming on the horizon, and hear broadcasts from on location at some of the nation’s most exciting pro-life events! You can also let us know if you have a story or testimony that should be shared on the show!

 

We ask you to both tune in and also promote these programs. If Life on the Line airs in your city, please your friends, and place the information in your church bulletins and pro-life newsletters. Click here to see where Life on the Line currently airs.

 

Stay Connected with us!

 

Subscribe to our Email services:

Information and inspiration every two weeks from Fr. Frank Pavone: subscribe@priestsforlife.org

Weekly email with pro-life liturgical resources for priests and deacons: clergy@priestsforlife.org

 

Watch our TV Programs:

Defending Life on EWTN every Friday at 10pm ET (repeated Saturday at 2:30am).

Gospel of Life on Sky Angel’s “Angel One” every Monday at 3:30am ET, Tuesday at 2:00 am, Thursday at 8:30am, and Saturday at 7:30pm.

 

Listen to our Radio Programs:

Life on the Line is on every weekend on AM stations nationwide. Consult www.LifeOntheLine.com for stations and times.

 

Come to hear our speakers:

It won’t be long before one of our speakers will be near your community again! The schedule of most of the public talks given by our pastoral team is posted on our website at www.priestsforlife.org/speakers.

 

Please publicize this information in your parish bulletins and pro-life newsletters to assist more people to come into contact regularly with the latest pro-life information! 

 

Twelve Make Promises to Defend Life as Missionaries of the Gospel of Life Expands

-- James Pinto, Jr., National Coordinator

 

July 1, 2007 was a glorious day for the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life and the defense of life, as twelve Lay Missionaries made their promises in two separate locations. During a concluding Mass of the Come Aside and Rest Awhile Retreat, Malvern, PA., Father Pavone, Founder and Moderator General, led six inquirers in their first promises. These first promise makers were then followed by four Lay Missionaries, who made perpetual or lifetime professions. That same day, Father Peter West, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, conducted a Promise Ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown, PA., leading two more inquirers in first promises.

 

In part, these Associates promise to: “…live as a Lay Associate of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life…defend my brothers and sisters whose right to life is under direct attack, and to be, especially for the unborn the voice they do not have…pursue union with God in all things…to engage in pro-life work, according to the spirituality of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life… to the best of my ability and within the context of my own vocation.”

 

The Missionaries of the Gospel of Life-Lay Associates has been blessed with extraordinary growth. In only two years over 970 people, representing all 50 States, have joined as Inquirers of this new Society of Apostolic Life. Life Cells are developing throughout the Country, gathering Lay Missionaries in prayer, study, community and witness. Promise Ceremonies for those who have completed a period of formation are being conducted and the laity are being empowered as, Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, sent to evangelize the world!  If you have not done so already, I personally invite you to further consecrate your pro-life work by uniting with the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. To find out more about the Missionaries and the Promise Ceremonies, visit www.priestsforlife.org/missionary.

 

Prayer Intentions

 

You are encouraged to remember the following intentions as you pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

 

September intention: That God may bless and strengthen the pro-life efforts of college students.

 

October intention:  That parish pro-life organizations may grow in numbers and effectiveness.

 

Featured Products

 

Defending Life 2006 on DVD

 

Fr. Frank Pavone and Janet Morana host this EWTN 13-episode series whose guests discuss diverse aspects of the pro-life movement.  These shows feature guests such as: Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk speaking on Stem Cells, Bishop John Yanta and the family of Terri Schiavo.

 

Fr. Frank’s Homilies from EWTN Live Televised Mass

Now available on four CD’s

 

Fr. Pavone enlightens and inspires millions with his homilies on EWTN.  You too can benefit from his wisdom with these four new CD’s!  He will teach you how to live the Gospel in your everyday life and in particular how you can live your commitment to the pro-life movement.

 

Order at www.priestsforlife.org/store or mail your order to: Priests for Life P.O. Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314; Or fax it to (718) 980-3900; Or Email: orders@priestsforlife.org. 

 

Click here for a medical diagram of the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure (D&E) of a 23 week old fetus.

 

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