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Two Aspects of Priests for Life


Priests for Life has come to signify two distinct but related movements within the wider pro-life movement.

On one level, as described below, Priests for Life refers to a very specific effort to galvanize the clergy to preach, teach, and mobilize their people more effectively in the effort to end abortion and euthanasia.

On another level, Priests for Life represents a family of ministries that reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement, for clergy and laity alike, in a wide variety of activities. This has come to pass precisely because priests are not ordained for themselves, but for the people. So in activating clergy, we are activating all the segments of the Church, the pro-life movement, and the wider society in the defense of life. 

We refer to this wider family of ministries as Gospel of Life Ministries, to indicate that what unites them all is the Gospel of Life, the good news that life is victorious over death!

So whether you are clergy or laity, young or old, active or inactive, and whatever your religious or ethnic background, you're in the right place if you want to do something to restore protection to the most vulnerable members of the human family!

Our Family of Ministries

Priests for Life (direct ministry to priests)

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a founder of the abortion industry who later became pro-life, has said that he and his pro-abortion allies would never have gotten away with what they did if the clergy had been united, purposeful, and strong. Priests for Life works to insure that clergy of all denominations become more united, purposeful, and strong, so that those who promote the culture of death will not get away with what they are trying to do. Read more on the vision and methods whereby we activate clergy.

Deacons for Life

Deacons are also members of the clergy, and often have opportunities not available to priests to promote the Gospel of Life. We train, encourage, and mobilize them, too. Read more about our outreach to Deacons.

Seminarians for Life

Those who are training for the ministry need to know, from the beginning, the ways in which they can prepare to be effective advocates for life. We therefore reach out to seminarians and provide them the tools and the example by which they can proclaim, celebrate, and serve the Gospel of Life. Learn more about our outreach to seminarians.

Missionaries of the Gospel of Life (pro-life spirituality for clergy and laity)

Being pro-life, and doing pro-life activities, is not a hobby or simply rooted in an ideology or political platform. It is a spirituality, and is rooted in our discipleship. We therefore teach both clergy and laity the spirituality of being a Missionary of the Gospel of Life, and how that spirituality shapes pro-life strategy and tactics. Learn more about how you can be a Missionary of the Gospel of Life in your daily life!

Rachel's Vineyard

Under the Priests for Life umbrella is the worlds largest ministry for healing after abortion. Rachel's Vineyard holds hundreds of retreats each year for men and women who have lost children to abortion. Find you how you can learn about, experience and promote this healing.

Silent No More Awareness Campaign

A project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is the world's largest mobilization of men and women who have lost a child to abortion, have experienced healing, and now want to share their testimony. The Campaign promotes healing and a greater awareness of the wounds abortion causes. Learn how you can help people be Silent No More!

African-American Outreach

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life. She declares that the civil rights movement of today is the pro-life movement! Find out what we are doing to join hands with African-Americans to defend the unborn!

Hispanic Outreach

Fr. Victor Salomón is the Director of Hispanic Outreach for Priests for Life. Both in the US and around the world, we are assisting communities of Hispanic heritage to build the Culture of Life. Connect with our resources, broadcasts, and events in Spanish!

Gospel of Life Ministries

As already mentioned, Gospel of Life Ministries is the umbrella entity under which all this work takes place. This brings out the fact that we are interdenominational, calling the entire Body of Christ to build the Culture of Life. Find out more about Gospel of Life Ministries!

Life on the Line

Life on the Line is our broadcast ministry (radio, television, and internet), consisting of live and pre-recorded programs as well as short spots provided to media outlets around the world, including EWTN, Bott Radio Network, Relevant Radio, Vatican Radio, and much more. Listen to our broadcasts!

Prayer Campaign

All we do is rooted in prayer, which both undergirds and fosters productive action. We foster prayer campaigns throughout the year, corresponding to various liturgical and secular seasons and holidays. Join us in prayer for a Culture of Life!

Political Responsibility

As both citizens of heaven and citizens of this world, we are called to exercise political responsibility to elect leaders who will defend life, and to sustain those leaders on the right path. We therefore teach and mobilize voters to make a difference in the voting booth. Learn more about how you can move public policy toward the protection of life!

Networking Leaders

Priests for Life occupies a strategic place of unity in the pro-life movement. We foster relations between leaders, groups, and ministries. We facilitate strategic planning sessions on every level, as well as leadership retreats and seminars.

Frequently Asked Questions About Priests for Life

Click here for a bit about our history.

Click here to learn about our staff and departments.

We reject all violence.

We are ecumenical.

We are international.

Priests for Life
PO Box 141172 • Staten Island, NY 10314
Tel. 888-735-3448, (718) 980-4400 • Fax 718-980-6515 

'Baby Joseph' to Return Home to Canada

The terminally-ill Canadian baby at the center of a right-to-life dispute will return to his home in Ontario after spending months receiving treatment from U.S. and London hospitals, Fox News has learned.

Fifteen-month-old Joseph Maraachli, known to the world as “Baby Joseph,” will be transported from SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, where he received a tracheotomy last month, the Windsor Star reports. He will arrive in Windsor, Ontario, on Thursday.

The boy suffers from a rare, progressive neurological disease, which, Canadian doctors say, has left him in a vegetative state beyond recovery.

His parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, wanted the boy to undergo the tracheotomy so that he could spend his remaining days at home. London Health Sciences Center refused to perform the procedure, saying it had too many complication risks and would be too invasive, the Windsor Star reports.

Joseph’s parents appealed to the Canadian courts, but the courts sided with the hospital. The boy was then taken by the Rev. Frank Pavone and other Priests of Life staff to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, where doctors agreed to treat him and eventually performed his tracheotomy.

The tracheotomy was done to alleviate some of the baby’s discomfort.

“We wanted to ensure that Joseph was as comfortable and as secure as possible,” said Dr. Robert Wilmott, the chief of pediatrics at the hospital.

Priests of Life has covered all of the family’s medical bills while Joseph underwent treatment in the U.S. and will also cover the costs of Joseph’s flight home, the Windsor Star reports.

Click here to read more on Baby Joseph's transport from The Windsor Star.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

EXCLUSIVE: 'Baby Joseph' Gets Second Chance at Life in U.S from 'Priests For Life'

EXCLUSIVE: Baby who was hours from being taken off life support in Canada is rescued by Priests for Life

The baby who was hours from being pulled off life support at his Canadian hospital has been rescued by the national director of Priests for Life and taken to the U.S. for treatment.

Thirteen-month-old Joseph Maraachli, who is currently kept alive by a respirator and was recently denied a transfer to a Michigan hospital to undergo a tracheotomy, arrived in the U.S. early Monday morning with Fr. Frank Pavone and other Priests for Life staff.

"Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible," Father Pavone said in a statement. "Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin."

Maraachli was on his way to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., a non-profit health-care facility open to all children in need of medical care.

The boy suffers from a rare, progressive neurological disease which, Canadian doctors say, has left him in a vegetative state beyond recovery. He has been at the Children’s Hospital in London, Ontario, since the fall.

Priests for Life says it represents a family of ministries that "reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement," according to its website. The group has been strong advocates for the boy's release and critical of his treatment in Canada.

"The medical board overseeing his case is apparently convinced that giving proper care to 'Baby Joseph' is futile," the website reads. "They don’t mean that the medical care won’t help him. They mean his life in its current condition isn’t worth the trouble."