Priests for Life Head Will Lead Alternate
Notre Dame Ceremony
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced
today that next Sunday, May 17, he will be present on the campus of the
University of Notre Dame where he will lead a service for pro-life
graduating students during the university's official commencement.
Members of the senior class who have decided not to attend their own
graduation have invited Fr. Pavone to lead them in prayer at the Class
of 2009 Vigil for Life, which will start at 2pm, the same time as the
commencement ceremony in which President Obama will be honored.
The Class of 2009 Vigil for Life will take place at the Grotto of Our
Lady of Lourdes, where the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary will be
prayed and Fr. Frank will give five-minute meditations prior to each
In response to the invitation, Fr. Pavone stated, "In standing with
these students, I am standing with the true spirit of Notre Dame: a
pro-life spirit, in harmony with human reason and Catholic Faith. The
scandal that has been generated does not represent what Notre Dame is
all about; it represents a radical betrayal of what Notre Dame is all
about. I am encouraged by the pro-life activities of so many student
groups on this campus - activities that are carried out all year round."
Fr. Pavone added, "Hundreds of thousands of Catholics, hundreds of
priests, and dozens of bishops have called upon Notre Dame to end this
scandal by withdrawing its invitation to President Obama. The result of
that demand is not in our control. But one final response to this
scandal is fully in the control of each graduating senior: don't show
"Don't participate in an event which will only serve to obscure rather
than highlight the Church's pro-life teaching and the true spirit of
Notre Dame. Instead, come to the Class of 2009 Vigil for Life. The
seniors who do this are manifesting the real meaning of commencement:
they are carrying out the witness to truth and service that their
hard-earned degrees have prepared them to give in the world."
Fr. Pavone released a YouTube commentary on the Notre Dame situation on
his channel at http://www.YouTube.com/FrFrankPavone.
Date: May 11, 2009
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