Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will head to Pasadena, California, this weekend to speak at the seventh annual Friends for Life Gala hosted by International Life Services.
Father Frank will deliver the keynote address at the gala, which will begin at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Brookside Country Club in Pasadena.
Proceeds will benefit the organization that provides training and administrative assistance to pregnancy counseling centers; conducts bioethical research and organizes educational seminars for the pro-life community.
International Life Services was founded by Sister Paula Vandegaer, a member of the Sisters of Social Services and a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in pro-life since abortion was legalized in California in 1967.
“Sister Paula is one of the founders of the pro-life movement,” said Daniel Mansueto, president of the board of directors.
Mr. Mansueto said the group wanted a strong speaker with a relevant message for this year’s gala, and he suggested Father Frank.
“Everybody knows Father Frank,” he said in a telephone interview from Beverly Hills.
And Father Frank is well acquainted with the work of Sister Paula.
“I’m looking forward to Sunday night, because I’ve known Sister Paula and her pro-life ministry for decades,” he said. “She’s had me speak at her conferences, and we’ve promoted and assisted one another’s work in various ways. Not only that, but the pro-life community in California is a very vibrant and courageous one.”
This year’s honoree, Meckie Grothues, founded the La Habra Life Center in 1984. The pregnancy resource center became a medical clinic in 2018. Mrs. Grothues also has been involved in pro-life since the early 1970s.
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Also this weekend, Father Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director of Priests for Life, will celebrate and preach at all weekend Masses at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Father Denis also will give a talk at pro-life talk at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 in the 78-year-old parish that is part of the Diocese of Knoxville.
Parishioner Joyce O’Neill said the pastor, Father Michael Cummins, approached several women in the parish earlier this year and said he would like the parish to be more involved with pro-life projects.
The first organized event was a baby bottle fund-raiser to benefit a local pregnancy help center. The ad hoc committee then decided to invite back Father Denis, who spoke at the church about 10 years ago.
“I love having Priests for Life come,” Mrs. O’Neill said. “When we give a pro-life event, it’s usually pro-life people who come. But when Father Denis can give a homily, then everyone can hear it. That’s what’s so important, to get the message out.”
St. Dominic’s is at 2517 John B. Dennis Highway. Weekend Masses are at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and on Sunday at 8 and 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.