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Today's Pro-Life Reflection
(From Fr. Frank Pavone's Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day) 
January 21
"In the Lord your labor is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Reflection: Every January tens of thousands of Americans participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, or the annual West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco. These are events which not only give public witness to the fact that most Americans want to see unborn children protected, but enable all the pro-life people who participate to be renewed and strengthened in their convictions and determination to work for that protection.
Prayer: Lord, bless all those who will march this year for life, and the many more who labor for life in their own communities. Amen.
    

Deacons For Life
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 718-980-4400
Fax: 718-980-6515



Mission

Deacons for Life seeks to

  1. unite, encourage, and provide ongoing training to deacons who give a special emphasis to the "life issues", especially abortion and euthanasia, in their ministries;

  2. instill a sense of urgency in all clergy to teach about these issues and to mobilize their people to help stop abortion and euthanasia;

  3. assist clergy and laity to work together productively for the cause of life;

  4. provide ongoing training and motivation to the entire pro-life movement.

The primary purpose is simply to provide deacons a forum by which they can network with each other across the nation to share information and encouragement in carrying out those aspects of their ministry related to the defense of human life from abortion and euthanasia. Some practical avenues whereby this would occur would be:

  1. Clergy seminars would be offered in local communities. These seminars deal with various aspects of preaching, counseling, and organizing activities on "life issues." We are also happy to present seminars and retreats for groups of deacons-only.

  2. A deacons' newsletter will be prepared and offered to dioceses, free of charge, for their deacons. We will communicate with the diocesan diaconate directors, the national office for the diaconate at the USCCB, as well as with the national associations and publications for deacons.

  3. The website, deaconsforlife.org, will provide helpful information.

  4. We can provide consultation to deacons, their pastors and their bishops regarding suggested respect life activities. This can include organizing prayer initiatives on behalf of life, assistance in strengthening local efforts to provide alternatives to abortion, sponsoring educational seminars, and assisting the laity to take an active and responsible role in building up community respect life efforts. The existence of a "Deacons for Life" network across the nation will make it easier for deacons to communicate with each other to share ideas and encouragement specifically on this theme.