Fr. Pavone Asked to Assist The
Vatican on Pro-Life Strategy
For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony DeStefano
February 15, 1997
Asked to Assist The Vatican on Pro-Life Strategy: Priests for Life Goes Worldwide!
Priests for Life, a national
pro-life organization made up of over 40,000 priests and deacons, announced today that Fr.
Frank Pavone, its National Director, has been asked by Pope John Paul II and the
Pontifical Council for the Family to come to Rome to assist the Church in coordinating
pro-life activities for the entire world. The assistance will take three basic forms:
1. Training bishops and priests worldwide in various facets of the pro-life mission 2.
Formulating pro-life strategy for national and international organizations 3.
Internationalizing Priests for Life
Fr. Pavone will be leaving for
Rome at the end of February, but will continue to be in charge of Priests for Life in the
United States. His work on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will continue, as well,
with a new 14-part television series already scheduled for production in Birmingham,
Alabama, this summer. Fr. Richard Hogan, Associate Director of Priests for Life, based in
St. Paul, Minnesota, will be taking on much of Fr. Pavone's busy travel schedule for 1997.
Mr. Anthony DeStefano, Priests for Life's Chief of Staff, will assume the role of
Executive Director of the organization.
Fr. Pavone stated: "This is
obviously exciting news for all of us at Priests for Life. We have been given a great
opportunity to influence the course of history. The Vatican itself wishes to implement our
ideas and strategy on a global level. There is no telling what impact we can now have.
"We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our membership, and also to the leaders of
the pro-life movement, who have been so supportive of our efforts. Though I will be
spending much of my time in Rome in coming months, I want to give my assurance that I will
be even more deeply involved in the pro-life activities taking place in the U.S. Indeed,
the Vatican has made it clear to me that it is intensely interested in what is going on in
North America, and it wants my assistance in forging even closer relationships with the
leadership here, both in the Church and in the Pro-Life Movement. We want every pro- life
group to know that they are part of this new development and will benefit from it. We will
be at their service." Executive Director, Anthony DeStefano, said about the new
developments: "I think this is one of the most hopeful signs of victory we have seen
in a long time in the war against abortion. The fact that the Pope is requesting Fr.
Pavone's help is portentous news. A signal is clearly being sent by the Church. "This
is also a great tribute to Fr. Pavone's work. When he took the helm of Priests for Life,
three years ago, this association was relatively small and unknown. Now it is recognized
all over the country as one of the most effective, dynamic organizations in the pro-life
movement. That's a tremendous testament to Fr. Pavone's vision and leadership."