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Father Frank Pavone on Passing of Father Norman Weslin: “Our Loss is Heaven’s Gain”


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Left: Father Norman Weslin, left, founder of the Lambs of Christ, with Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.


STATEN ISLAND, NY -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today after learning of the death of Father Norman Weslin, a pro-life activist and founder of the Lambs of Christ.


"Our loss is Heaven's gain," said Father Pavone,  who worked closely with Father Weslin over the last three decades. "Father Weslin's commitment to unborn children was so profound that he spent time behind bars on many occasions. He told me in 2001, while awaiting sentencing on a federal charge, that he wasn't ashamed to be arrested because Jesus and the Apostles all went to jail. He believed that a priest's place was not behind his people, lending encouragement, but out in front leading the way."


Father Weslin served for 20 years in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he met and married his wife, Mary. They adopted two children and became active in the pro-life movement. When she was killed in an accident in 1980, he turned their home into a refuge for women facing unplanned pregnancy, and he joined the priesthood. He was ordained a missionary priest of the Oblates of Wisdom in 1986.


"We will miss his passion and his witness," Father Pavone said. "But we are sure he is being welcomed with open arms by the unborn children he championed and fought so tirelessly to save."



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