Announcing: Priests for Life is Expanding
I wanted you to be among the first to know the exciting news:
Priests for Life is moving and expanding!
We’re doing so with you in mind. You and your fellow Priests for Life family members have been carrying our financial burden for some time. You’ve responded with tremendous generosity over the years.
But operating out of New York has become financially prohibitive. And since our need for your ongoing support is as great as ever – especially given the tremendous opportunity we now have to protect mothers and babies from abortion – we’ve been looking to find a new base of operations.
And thanks to God’s help and one of your fellow Priests for Life benefactors we’ve found it!
As of October 1 of this year we’ll be working out of Titusville, Florida. This is the first time in the history of Priests for Life we will own our own office building and save us a great deal of money each month. For one thing we won’t have to pay the high New York City rent anymore.
Plus, the new building is significantly larger than our current office so Priests for Life will be better equipped to take on Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. We’ll also be more efficient in our work and better able to assist you in your pro-life vocation.
And while the building is in good shape and basically already laid out the way we need, we do need to make some necessary upgrades to the new facility. And while we’re paying for that work we still have to pay our monthly rent till the lease expires at the end of September.
At the same time it’s critically important for you and Priests for Life that we stay fully engaged in the several battles we’re currently fighting – in particular to rid the nation of the HHS mandate, to keep America’s health care system abortion-free, and to defund Planned Parenthood.
All that said I’m writing in the hope that you can help make Priests for Life’s move to Florida as smooth and seamless as possible.
First and foremost I need you to PRAY for us during this period of transition. As you probably know yourself, re-locating is never easy. Something unexpected always seems to happen. And while we are doing our very best to avoid those pitfalls it would be a great comfort to know that you are praying for us and asking God to help guide us throughout the moving process.
Thank you for doing that. It means a great deal to me.
The second way I’m hoping you will help is to make a special contribution of $50, $35, $25 or as much as you can to Priests for Life’s newly established Building Fund.
Priests for Life must raise $787,000 from now until the end of September to cover everything.
But once you have a fuller understanding of what prompted the move and how much money Priests for Life will save as a result of it I’m confident you will be more than willing to pitch in with a gift.
As for what brought us to Florida I have no doubt that God guided the process of this move from the beginning.
When we began looking for a new home we discussed the pluses and minuses of renting versus owning a building outright. As those discussions were taking place a donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) told us of a building he owned in Titusville that he thought would make a great headquarters for us. He even offered to sell us the building with no money down.
And as if that weren’t enough he told us he himself would hold the mortgage on the building for two years so we wouldn’t have to pay both a heavy mortgage and the rent on our Staten Island building.
Well you’ve heard the warning: “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.”
So while extremely grateful for the offer we needed to do our due diligence and check it out.
Wow! The building is everything we need. It needs remodeling in some areas and major upgrades in others. But its size and location (thirty minutes from the Orlando airport) are ideal for what we need. That settled we entered into negotiations to make sure everything was on the up and up.
Then we signed on the dotted line and I couldn’t be happier or more excited. Here’s why.
To begin with, once we’re out from under our current lease and moved into our new building – which happens October 1 of this year …
… Priests for Life will save at least $500,000 in the first year alone!
For one thing it’s much easier to do business in Florida since costs are lower.
And that extra $500,000 will allow Priests for Life to help you be an even more effective pro-life missionary because we’ll be able to provide you with even more help and resources than we already are.
In addition to saving money the Titusville community is far more pro-life than the one we’re leaving in New York. I see pro-life billboards all over the place! And the people believe in our message. We already have folks lined up to volunteer for us and wanting to work with us.
But wait! There’s more! Owning our own building will allow us to:
- Have a better TV/radio studio and production facility that will allow me to go live on TV broadcasts and radio talk shows and address tens of millions of viewers / listeners whenever there’s a breaking news story or the need for a pro-life perspective on a current event.
- The studio will allow us to produce TV and radio programs without having to travel to other locations. It’s long been a dream of mine to have a 24/7 “Pro-life TV Network” which airs programs that have both a spiritual and a practical focus. We can also provide leaders (in the Church, the pro-life movement and the government) with full access to our programming. Its potential is boundless.
- We will have more space to host conferences, receptions and retreats where pro-life leaders and activists from all across the country can come to pray together, meet and strategize. This will help unite the pro-life movement and make us more effective in our pro-life work.
- We’ll be able to hold special training sessions with priests, pastors, seminarians and pro-life activists and teach them how to be effective pro-life missionaries in their local communities.
- We can bring in pro-life lawmakers from both the national and state level to discuss ways of using the legislative process to protect mothers and babies from abortionists
And that’s just for starters. There’s so much more we’ll be able to do once we’re moved into our own building. The bottom line in all this for you is this:
By moving out of New York and purchasing our own building the full power and energy of Priests for Life will be unleashed on our nation! This will empower us to fulfill two key parts of our mission: (1) Give pro-life activists the support they need to make their local communities abortion-free zones; and (2) Convince more members of the clergy to get actively involved in the battle against abortion.
And as you already know, Priests for Life is the only pro-life organization in the country that is designed and equipped to fulfill that two-fold mission. But in order for this to happen I need the full financial backing and support of the entire Priests for Life family, which most definitely includes you.
This is the first time in the history of Priests for Life that we will own our own office building.
But we aren't ready to move in yet. And we're up against a hard deadline.
You see even though the payment terms and dates are extremely favorable on our new headquarters, we’ve still got to make those payments in order to move on time. Same with all the renovations. The contractor doing that work must be paid.
Meanwhile, in addition to those payments we have to pay for …
-The monthly rent on our current space through September 30.
-The battles we’re fighting in Congress: To rid the nation of the ObamaCare HHS mandate. To keep America’s health care system abortion-free. To defund Planned Parenthood. To pass laws that will protect our unborn brothers and sisters.
-Our work with pro-life activists in states all across the country and help them get their state legislatures to enact laws that will protect women and babies from abortion.
-Our cooperation with pro-life groups to shut down abortion mills.
-Energizing the clergy to take the lead in the fight to end abortion.
-Preaching the Gospel of Life to our fellow Americans and winning them over to the side of life.
All of that work must continue without interruption or let up.
And that’s why I’m hoping you will help today with a much-needed contribution of $50, $25 or however much you can give to our Priests for Life Building Fund Campaign.
The reason why it’s so urgent that you do this right now – before you go on to another web page – is because Priests for Life must raise $787,000 from now until the end of September to cover the expenses I just listed for you: New headquarters. Current office rent. Projects. Programs.
Still the timing of all this is providential. Right now our nation is seeing a rebirth of hope and freedom. This truly is our chance to make great progress in our pro-life mission.
And having our own building is going to enhance Priests for Life’s ability to assist you as you carry on the fight against abortion in your local community.
So please help as best you can.
This move is so important for you, for Priests for Life and for the fight to end abortion that I really need to hear from you. In fact I’m asking everyone in the Priests for Life family to pitch in.
Before I end this letter I want to assure you of my prayers for you, especially every day at Mass. We’re in this together and I value your pro-life heroism. You are one reason why Priests for Life has become the face and voice of America’s pro-life movement. And for that I thank you and pray for you. God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life
P.S. We’ve put together a rendering of our new Priests for Life headquarters. You can look it over here. Something not mentioned in the brochure are the three plaques that we will put up in the main lobby of our building. They are:
- “Champions of Life” plaque with names of friends who gave $5,000 or more.
- “Warriors for Life” plaque for those who donated $1,000 to $5,000.
- “Angels of Life” plaque for Building Fund donations from $250 to $1,000.
Each plaque will have the names of our Priests for Life partners who helped in a special way to make the move to Florida possible. I’d dearly love to add your name to one of these plaques. That way everyone who enters our new headquarters will see that you played a major role in making it possible for Priests for Life to make this move that will empower us to go toe-to-toe with the abortion industry.