Priests for Life affiliates win “Life Prizes” recognition

Priests for Life

Publication Date: November 15, 2010

Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American  Outreach  for Priests  for Life, and Marie Smith, founder and director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, an outreach of Gospel of Life Ministries, are among six winners of this year’s “Life Prizes” bestowed by the Gerard Health Foundation.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, congratulated  the winners, who will receive the “Norinne A. and Raymond E. Ruddy Memorial Pro-Life Prize” at a ceremony Jan. 22  in Washington, D.C. 

“Dr. King and Mrs. Smith are well-deserving of  this honor, which recognizes the profound commitment they have to bringing an end  to abortion throughout the world,” Father Pavone said.

Dr. King has worked with Father Pavone since 1999 and became a full-time Pastoral Associate at Priests  for Life in 2005. She is also a member of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a joint initiative of Priests for Life and Anglicans  for  Life. She is the daughter of  Rev. A.D. Williams King, who was the brother of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“This Life Prize Award comes as a very welcome surprise and a dream come true,” said Dr. King. “The desire to plant seeds for life, to be a light, a lamp for life in a dry and barren land, all of this comes true with this Life Prize Award.”

Mrs. Smith’s organization, the Parliamentary Network of  Critical Issues, came under the Gospel of Life umbrella earlier this year. Based in Washington, D.C., PNCI assists lawmakers and religious leaders around the world to more effectively advance pro-life laws and build sustainable pro-life leadership.

Mrs. Smith’s pro-life activism began  in college, where she also met her husband, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who is widely considered to be the leading pro-life member of the House of Representatives. In her past position as International Director of Feminists for Life, Mrs. Smith advocated for the protection of women and children from the violence of abortion, internationally and at the United Nations. The Smiths are the parents of four children and grandparents of two. 

“It is an honor to receive a Life Prize award for my international pro-life work and I thank the Gerard Health Foundation for this generous recognition of my pro-life work,” Mrs. Smith said. “I am grateful to Father Frank Pavone for his support and the assistance of the Gospel of Life Ministries for the vital work of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues in building pro-life leadership in capitals around the world.” 

Father Pavone also congratulated the other Life Prize winners, including Kristan Hawkins, executive director of  Students  for Life of America; Jeanne Head, the United Nations Representative  for the National Right to Life Educational Trust; the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, and Douglas  Smith, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.

“It is a joy to collaborate with all the leaders who have been given these prizes,” Father  Pavone said. “And I thank Ray Ruddy for his initiative in establishing these prizes. More philanthropists should follow his example, because more money is spent killing children in the womb than saving them, and that has to change.”

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