Fr. Frank A. Pavone
National Director, Priests for
Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life
President, National Pro-life
Pastoral Director, Rachel's
FR. FRANK PAVONE is one of the most
prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was
ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor, and since 1993 has served
full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. He is the
National Director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the
Catholic Church. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious
Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness
Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing
after abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four
states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces
programs regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks.
He was asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues, and has
addressed the pro-life caucus of the United States House of Representatives.
The Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Academy for Life and to the
Pontifical Council for the Family, which coordinates the pro-life activities
of the Catholic Church. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as
she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life. He was invited by
members of the Class of 2009 at Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement
ceremony for those students who refused to attend the ceremony in which
President Obama was honored. Fr. Frank was invited by members of Congress to
preach at the prayer service they had in the Capitol just prior to the vote
on health care reform. He received the “Proudly Pro-life Award” by the
National Right to Life Committee, and numerous other pro-life awards and
honorary doctorates. He is the author of four books, Ending Abortion,
Not Just Fighting It; Pro-life Reflections for Every Day; Abolishing
Abortion, and Proclaiming the Message of Life. Norma McCorvey, the “Jane
Roe” of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, called Fr. Frank
“the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.”
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