I hope you saw John-Henry’s email yesterday with the urgent appeal to join our giving family with a donation towards our soon ending Christmas campaign. Now, with just 2 days left, you still have time to help bring truth to the world by ensuring we can continue our uncompromising pro-life and pro-family reporting in 2019!
Our readership is astonishingly higher than ever before, despite all the problems with Facebook, Google and Twitter, and our mission is expanding to meet the growing need around the globe for our news service.
So, at this late hour, we must challenge all who have not yet donated to stand for life and family! As John-Henry mentioned, if everyone reading our news reports today donated $35, $25, $10 – or even just $5, we would easily reach and even surpass our current fundraising need.
Our team is growing and I'd like to introduce you to a few of our newest members! These folks will be playing incredibly important roles in our mission, and further demonstrate to all our readers how seriously we take this mission and wish to bring on the best talent we can to most effectively engage the culture and promote social change.
Scott Schittl – Campaigns Manager
Scott has spent much of his career working on pro-life and family issues, and in EU-critical politics. Most recently, Scott was working as a Campaigns Manager for the English language division at CitizenGO, an online, user-based petitions platform.
With CitizenGO, Scott was responsible for writing and publishing online petitions around trending issues of Life, Family and Freedom. He was also responsible for coordinating petitions for the European segment of the English language division, and collaborating with other conservative and Christian organizations on the same. Until this past June, Scott had also been involved with grassroots organizing and the management of the Save the 8th referendum campaign, with the Life Institute, based in Dublin, Ireland.
Sean Finnegan – Video editor
A native of the Philadelphia area, Sean has spent 20 years in the film and video world world. After receiving his Masters Degree in Film and Video from American University, Sean began working at National Geographic Television as an Associate Producer. From there he moved to Mpower Media and Anteroom Productions, where he began producing independent films and videos, including the award winning documentary Out of the Darkness. Currently, Sean is completing a new feature length documentary on atheism entitled, A Voice from Deep Space.
Martin Barillas – Breaking News Journalist
Martin Barillas is a former U.S. diplomat who served at embassies in Europe and South America, and earned a Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of State. After his diplomatic service, he was an advocate for human rights and democracy in Latin America. He is the author of the historical novel “Shaken Earth” and has written and edited investigative reports and breaking news for several websites. Martin and his wife have four children. He is fluent in Spanish.
Karolyn Heffernan – Donor Relations
Karolyn is one of five children. She graduated from Christendom College in 2015 and worked at Human Life International for three years before starting at LifeSiteNews in November. She lives in the town of Front Royal, Virginia with her husband and four month old baby girl. She loves being part of the great Catholic community in Front Royal and is excited to be raising a family in such a wonderful town.
Brian Limas – Assistant Multimedia Editor and Youth Formation Coordinator
Native Texan, raised in the BBQ capital of the world (Lockhart, Texas), Brian started in politics, serving on a presidential campaign coordinating grassroots initiatives. He then rediscovered his faith in Jesus Christ and answered the call to be His missionary. He moved to Benedictine College and served with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Recognizing that healing the family is at the center of this culture war, Brian moved to fulfill his calling through the mission of LifeSiteNews and how the Lord desires to move in this journey of fighting on the front lines of the last battle between heaven and hell.
Can I count on you to provide the TRUTH to as many as 5,000 people today with your gift of $35? Perhaps you want to help us reach more than 10,000 people with a donation of $75?
And of course, there are always those who provide larger gifts that make up for those who cannot donate or can only donate small amounts.
Lastly, but most important, I would like to ask all of you, whether you can donate or not, to please pray for the success of this campaign. Those prayers are always needed and deeply appreciated. They are especially needed during this campaign where we are currently much farther than normal from reaching the necessary goal.