Many pro-lifers have not attended an event or even took part in a pro-life vigil since mid-March due to the pandemic. It all changed when the archbishop announced his intent to become more involved in the pro-life movement.
To honor the 8th anniversary of his ordination as bishop of the Catholic Church ands to reawaken the spirit of the pro-life movement, Archbishop Nelson Perez celebrated mass on July 25th at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. He offered the mass for mothers to change their mind about abortion. In his homily, Archbishop Perez reminded the faithful to not just claim to be pro-life but to act on their convictions and never underestimate how the spirit works through, in, and despite them.
More than 250 pro-lifers across Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs came out for the event. They filled the streets with prayer, song, and even smiles (assuming they did not want to wear the mask).
During the rally outside of Planned Parenthood, there was an ecumenical prayer service led by the archbishop along with Pastors Curtis Paxton and Herb Lusk III. Following the prayer service, many local leaders took time to rally the pro-lifers and leave them with hope and inspiration.
Quoting Fulton Sheen, Mark Houck of the King’s Men reminds us about his prophetic words as we engage in the battle for defending life. He shared how he has seen women say yes to life and those who said yes to a life of sorrow and suffering when they went ahead with the abortion. He knew that God’s judgment is coming when we don’t stand up for the faith and the most vulnerable.
If you live in or around the Greater Philadelphia area and would like to learn how you can be all in for the defense of life, visit www.prolifeunion.org.