NewsMon Apr 30, 2018 - 11:24 am EST
Priests for Life open new headquarters, pro-life leaders gather to strategize
TITUSVILLE, FL, April 30, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life leaders from across North America traveled to Titusville Florida over the weekend to celebrate the opening of Priests for Life new headquarters.
The new center, situated in sunny Florida, is open to welcome pro-life leaders and their events as well as house the ministry of one of the most active pro-life groups in the United States.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony included a welcome by Titusville Vice Mayor Matt Barringer who was proud to welcome Priests for Life “with open arms” to the city. Quoting Thomas Jefforson, Barringer said, “The purpose of government is to allow for the preservation of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Congressman Bill Posie who represents the district was also on hand to welcome Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life for fighting the “horrible injustice” of abortion.
The sprawling headquarters includes a chapel dedicated to St. Pope John Paul II, with whom Fr. Pavone was privileged to work.
Besides a direct ministry to priests, Priests for Life includes a host of other ministries including among others:
- Rachel's Vineyard - the worlds largest ministry for healing after abortion. Which holds hundreds of retreats each year for men and women who have lost children to abortion.
- Silent No More Awareness Campaign – a joint project with Anglicans for Life which was co-founded by Priests for Life Executive Director Janet Morana.
- African-American Outreach – headed up by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Youth Outreach – headed up by Bryan Kemper, the founder and president of Stand True Ministries, a Christ-centered pro-life group determined to awaken the youth of this country and share the message of life and the Gospel of Christ.
After a delicious lunch, pro-life leaders inaugurated the building rolling up their sleeves and getting right to work. A four-hour long strategy session hammered out common goals for the future of the movement and a commitment to work together for life – which Fr. Pavone stressed in his homily at the opening Mass is the most important right without which there are no other rights to be had.
“There are many causes, many rights to be defended,” said Fr. Pavone.
“But brothers and sisters, when you take away a child’s right to be born you have taken away her education, her housing, her health care, her right to work, her right to vote, her right to be protected from terrorism, her right to immigrate and every other right that every other human being can ever have or even dream of."
"Life is the foundation. And if we can indeed throw away a person's right to life, then… none of the rest of us are safe. This truly is the foundation,” he added.