We are over a third into the dog days of summer. By now, we have seen advertisements for back-to-school, last-minute summer getaways, and even some early Christmas deals. Before you know it, the summer is over and it is back to reality for many people. Here are some things you can do this month to advance the culture of life:
Some things to keep in mind when planning your trip:
Keep checking the March for Life Foundation’s website for event before, during, and after the March for Life
Plan ahead to book your hotel before all rooms are filled whether traveling alone or with a small or large group
Local pro-lifers invite to pray outside of DC Planned Parenthood the morning of the march and the next day from 9AM to noon
There are two conferences if traveling with your college or high school group. One is hosted by Students for Life of America and another to be hosted by Georgetown Right to Life. More information will be available at a later time when released.
Don’t forget to start planning to attend the annual event. More details will be passed on as it becomes available.
Below is a summary from Kim Griffin on the recent webinar on the May 1st pastoral letter “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life” by Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone’s, Archbishop of San Francisco. The video of this webinar as well as a link to Archbishop Cordileone’s letter are posted below.
Many pro-life leaders are crying out that now is the time for bolder leadership and clarity on the issue of abortion, the Catholic faith, and reception of the Holy Eucharist.
On May 28th, a group of panelists came together to discuss these topics in a webinar titled “Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue.”
The webinar was moderated by Helen M. Alvare, an Antonin Scalia Law School Professor and joined by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Kristan Hawkins, Lila Rose, and Kathy Folan and her son Nathan, who was placed in an open adoption.
The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco pointed out that now is a time of urgency because the abortion industry is getting “more aggressive” and laws “more permissive.”
He authored a pastoral letter May 1st titled, “Before I Formed You in Womb I Knew You.”
The four main points of the letter address;
1. The gravity of the evil of abortion
2. Cooperation in moral evil
3. The Meaning of choosing to receive the Holy Eucharist
4. The responsibilities of Catholics in public life
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reflected that “a sense of the sacred” is being lost amongst Catholics. An example; disbelief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. He explained, “If we lose this, we lose everything as Catholics and society.” And he makes the correlation that with the loss of belief in the sacredness in God comes the loss of belief in the sacredness of human life, even; “the sacredness of the most vulnerable human life, a little baby in the mother’s womb.”
Kristen Hawkins, President of Students for Life in America since 2006 (an organization that recruits, trains and mobilizes young adults to work to abolish abortion)
discussed three issues Students for Life are currently focusing on;
1) The issue of censorship; Pro Life people are being silenced and some pro-life groups are being classified as “hate groups.”
2) Rise of chemical abortions
3) Post Roe; She pointed out the need to be ready and willing to take care of women and their babies
Addressing the issue of censorship, Helen Alvare commented she would love the time to come when both the left and the right “embrace free speech again.”
Lila Rose is the Founder of the human rights non-profit Live Action and an undercover journalist. Live Action is a global educational leader for the pro-life movement. Lila discussed three areas they are currently focused on;
1) Exposing the truth about abortion
2) Inspiring people to take action
3) Activation; Getting people active in the political battles currently taking place
She pointed out that many Catholics, due to mis-education are “on the fence” when it comes to the abortion issue despite abortion being the “antithesis of our Catholic faith.”
Kathy Folan offered her personal story about being the victim of rape during her junior year of college. When she found out she was pregnant she was filled with fear; of what people would think, a lack of resources to care for the baby, and disappointing her parents. But despite all the fears she also knew that the life inside of her was a gift from God, entrusted to her. She knew she had to choose life.
To Kathy’s surprise the community and her parents were supportive. Kathy had planned to keep her rape and pregnancy secret, except for a few friends. But an intuitive professor noticed something was wrong and reached out to her. When she shared her story, he encouraged her to be open and share it with others, to be a pro-life example.
She took his advice and to her surprise found the support and love of the community. Her fears were unfounded. She chose to place her son Nathan in an open adoption. When she met his adoptive parents for the first time they all “clicked.” She even spent her spring break with them. Seeing the love the adoptive mother and father extended to her son and to her affirmed her in her choice.
Her son Nathan, now an engineer participated in the webinar and offered his rare perspective; “You’ve heard it before: ‘I am pro-life EXCEPT in cases of rape.’ I want everyone to realize, especially the EXCEPTers, that you are talking about me. Life is life, no exceptions.”
Archbishop Cordileone suggested a three-step approach for Catholics wishing to change the culture of death we are living in; pray the rosary daily, commit to one hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament weekly, and to fast on Friday’s.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Re-discover Catholic teaching on the Eucharist by attending the virtual Eucharistic Conference June 4-6. Find out more information here.
Watch the webinar; “Life in the Womb; the Preeminent Issue below.
Read Archbishop’s Salvatore Cordileone’s Pastoral Letter in its entirety for free here.
The following is from Tina Whittington, the Vice President of Students for Life of America.
I need you to SAVE THE DATE for our 2022 National Pro-Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.
This one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages saw a record-breaking crowd, selling out at over 3,400 attendees in January 2020.
As you know, we had to replace the 2021 National Pro-Life Summit with our National #Stand4Life Weekend that we hosted in 18 cities across the country and online with more than 63,000 pro-lifers joining us!
But today, I am thrilled to announce that the National Pro-Life Summit is BACK for 2022 and will be better than ever!
While we’ll be revealing the theme of the 2022 National Summit at a later date, what I can tell you right now is all the benefits of attending, like…
Explore and strengthen your personal calling for Life
Become energized to protect the preborn and their mothers
Learn how to engage in the culture more effectively
Strategize with other pro-life youth and adults from communities across the nation
Meet and hear from dozens of experts in the pro-life movement
More details are to come, but you can sign up here to stay in the loop about all Summit-related announcements and updates.
We will sell out again this year…so, trust me, you’ll want to be among the first to know when registration goes live.
I hope you’ll consider joining me, the rest of the Students for Life team, and 3,000+ of your closest pro-life friends in January!
This virtual program, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm. Links provided below for registration and for a flyer to be shared with others. Program is hosted by the Gianna Center of Philadelphia and presented by the Office of Natural Family Planned of Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The Wonder of Eve is a fresh and engaging presentation, helping young women understand how naturally amazing their bodies are and the impact their choices can have on their future health and fertility.
The Wonder of Eve covers:
The marvelous design and function of the female body and reproductive system/menstrual cycles
a brief introduction to tracking cycles—a unique approach to women’s healthcare, no matter the stage in life
ways to take good care of yourself now, to benefit you in the future.
A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. The Wonder of Eve is hosted by the Gianna Center of Philadelphia and presented by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Office of Natural Family Planning.
I wanted to reach out to make sure you know about the upcoming Rehumanize Conference on August 29th, 2020. This year we’ve decided to move things online in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, and staff. While I’m sad that we won’t get to meet in person this year I am also excited about the unique opportunity to reach people all over the world with our life-affirming speakers and sessions.
Tickets are on sale now starting at just $5.00 at rehumanizeintl.org/conference! I really hope that you are able to join us at this one of a kind event. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need financial assistance or a press pass.
Check out the phenomenal schedule of events below:
Conference Schedule 10:30AM – 10:45AM > Reception
10:45AM – 11:00AM > Welcome
Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International
11:00AM – 11:30AM > Opening Session: Why Consistency Matters in the Effort for Human Rights
Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International
11:30AM – 12:15PM > panel: Police, Prisons, and the Death Penalty
Hannah Cox, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty
Zuri Davis, Reason
Miea Walker, Forward Justice
12:15PM – 1:00PM > Panel: Pro-Life Perspectives
Kristen Day, Democrats for Life of America
Tom Shakely, Americans United for Life
Jazzi Milton, Pro-Life San Francisco
1:00PM – 1:15PM > Break
1:15PM – 1:45PM > Ideologies Breakout Session
A: Feminism and the Consistent Life Ethic
Rachel Peller, Activist
B: The Non-Aggression Principle and the Consistent Life Ethic
Are you interested in getting more involved in the Pro-Life Generation, and working to change hearts and minds for life?
Students for Life of America is bringing homeschool groups from around the country together for the first ever Homeschool Summit!
JOIN US via Zoom on Tuesday, August 11th at 8 PM CST/9 PM EST to learn how to recruit and retain members, take advantage of the biggest opportunities, and engage others in impactful conversations for life!!!
The following is from Maria Oswalt of Rehumanize International regarding the organization’s annual conference and creative contest.
If you were worried about missing the submission deadline for this year’s edition of our Create | Encounter art contest and magazine, worry no more! We’ve extended the deadline, so the submission window will now close this Friday, July 10. The judges and I can’t wait to see what powerful pieces you create this year. With everything that’s happened in 2020 — combined with quarantine, which has given many people more time to develop their creative skills — I know we’re going to have a (nonviolently) killer magazine this year. Once the submission window closes, the judges will take time to review and rank the pieces, and winners will be announced on July 31st.
The following is from an email blast sent out by Tom McClusky, a representative of the March for Life Foundation.
The March for Life, together with the PA Catholic Conference and PA Family Institute, out of concern for the health of those planning to attend, and in line with the guidance of public health officials and Capitol authorities, have decided to reschedule the Pennsylvania March for Life, originally planned for May 18th, 2020.
However, it is with great excitement that we are instead announcing PA March for Life: Login for Life, an educational webinar on Pennsylvania pro-life advocacy, scheduled for May 18th from 12-1 ET.
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn about the principles of effective lobbying, the specific and current issues Pennsylvania is facing, and what you can do right now to champion pro-life policies to your Pennsylvania elected representatives. This webinar will be hosted by a panel of experts who will be able to answer any questions during a concluding Q&A. This webinar is suited for all levels of experience and comfort with advocacy.
We greatly appreciate the wonderful excitement we’ve witnesses in planning for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life, and we are hopeful that we can reschedule the event soon. Thank you to those who are working hard to make sure Pennsylvanians from every corner and county of our state will be represented at the rally and march.
You can view the video stream on your phone, computer, or tablet, or you can dial in by phone to listen to the presentations. Be sure to RSVP to receive updates and reminders, and forward this email to friends and family who might be interested!