What is Priests for Life Canada?Priests for Life Canada is an association of Canadian Catholic priests and lay people who give special emphasis to promoting and defending the sanctity of human life. We aim to unite clergy and all Catholics in the defence of life while working closely with other pro-life organizations. A ‘Priest for Life’ is not asked to leave his diocese or specific ministry.
What is the purpose of Priests for Life Canada?Priests for Life brings together and encourages priests and all Catholics to fight the culture of death, particularly abortion and euthanasia. Through our website, newsletters, e-notes and special events, Priests For Life Canada is committed to providing or pointing clergy to the best available pro-life resources to assist them in their ministry.
But isn’t every priest ‘for life’?Absolutely. Priests For Life Canada exists precisely to support, to inform, and to empower the Catholic Clergy in their ongoing work to build a Culture of Life. In fact, every person is called to stand for life. ‘Priests for Life’ means that being ‘for life’ is essential to the life of every priest. (Just like, while every priest is for Jesus, there is also a Society of Jesus.)
Why are so many lay people involved in Priests for Life Canada?In the midst of the busy demands of modern parish life, keeping informed on pro-life issues can be daunting. Yet being informed is the key to confident and compassionate preaching and ministry. Lay people lend support to the operations of Priests for life Canada. It is also important for Catholic lay people to become involved in pro-life issues. Most information distributed by Priests for Life Canada is designed or directly approved by priests.
What specific objectives does Priests for Life Canada have?
- Priests for Life seeks to link up priests across Canada who are actively involved in the pro-life movement;
- to help all priests speak and act against abortion and euthanasia;
- to distribute the Priests for Life Canada newsletter, a practical aid for preaching and activity;
- to provide priests with homilies, bulletin inserts, tapes and other pro-life resources;
- to provide lay pro-life groups an effective link with the clergy;
- In some areas, Priests for Life gather in small groups on a regular basis to pray and share ideas on pro-life issues.
Who are the board members of Priests for Life Canada?
President: Rev. Fr. Thomas Lynch, Peterborough ON
Chairman: Rev. Fr. John Lemire, Timmins ON
Secretary/Treasurer: Rev. Fr. Matt Kucharski, LaSalle, ON
Rev. Fr. Joseph Hattie OMI, Barry’s Bay ON
Rev. Fr. Teodosy Kraychuk, Myrnam AB
Rev. Fr. Michael Winn, Edmonton AB
Rev. Fr. Bradley Markus, Kitchener ON
Rev. Fr. Bryan Duggan, Vancouver BC
Rev. Fr. Danny Wilson, O’Leary PEI
Operations Manager: Kelly Bondy
We encourage all priests, deacons, seminarians, and lay people to become supporters of Priests for Life Canada. Learn how!
Archbishop Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop Terrence Pendergast, S.J.