Former chairman for pro-life activities to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Seán's leads the Boston Archdiocese, and has been a vocal advocate for the vulnerable since his appointment. When it comes to pro-life advocacy, he has stated in the past that, "Sadly, the government is not listening to the people."
Ordained at 26, and he became Bishop of Saint Thomas in 1985, working with the homeless and AIDS victims in the Virgin Islands and further building his reputation as hands-on pastor who worked with the poorest of the poor and got things done.
He moved to our Commonwealth, and the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1992. In 2003 he was the surprise choice of Pope John Paul II to be archbishop of Boston.
Cardinal Seán's motto, taken at his ordination, is the phrase QUODCUMQUE DIXERIT FACITE, which translates as “Do whatever He tells you.” The motto is taken from the Gospel of John, chapter 2, verse 5.
In addition to his anti-abortion advocacy, he has been consistently and compassionately pro-life when it comes to all marginalized human lives He founded El Pregonero, a Catholic Spanish-language newspaper. He joined us in fighting tirelessly against physician assisted suicide on each occasion that was brought to our legislature.
Hear him speak ONLINE on September 17, at 7:00PM. Register for the event here or by clicking the banner below.
True faith is realizing that I am useful to God not in spite of my scars but because of them. - Melissa Ohden
The countdown is on! One month from today, on Thursday, September 17, we will premiere our first-ever virtual event: the Annual Fundraising Banquet. Because Covid-19 prevents us from gathering in person, as we normally do by the hundreds, I invite you instead to join us from the comfort of your home that evening at 7:00.
So far, this has been a year of formidable challenges. In ways both big and small, the pandemic forced every one of us to find new ways to survive—as individuals, as families, as professionals, and as life advocates. The pain never overcame us, but I’m willing to bet we each wear one or two new scars from the experience. As we emerge from lockdown, I find that each of you has a survival story to share.
At our Banquet, in recognition of the uniquely human spirit that fuels these stories, we will celebrate not just the mere survival of a few very noteworthy individuals, but their inspirational stories of thriving. And it is this amazing group of guests which inspired our theme for this year’s event: Love. Fight. Thrive.
Attending an event has never been easier. All you have to do is register on our website now and then, on September 17, click the “join” button in the confirmation email you receive. Registration is FREE!
Here are the very special guests who have graciously agreed to participate in this historic event:
His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M., Cap
Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life
Melissa Ohden, Abortion Survivor, Author
Dr. Alveda King, Civil Rights Icon & Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelly Wilcox, Executive Director of Clearway Clinic
Bob Joyce, Esq., Former President of Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund
Gustavo Mendieta, Pro-Life Group of Lawrence/Grupo Provida de Lawrence
Joy Dupell and Baby Hope
I’ve got two additional updates to share today, both also the direct effects of Covid-19:
First, in case you haven't heard, the state legislature, citing the critical need to serve constituents during these uncertain times, voted to extend its formal session past the traditional July 31 end date and through the end of 2020. Of particular interest to you and me, the new deadline for the ROE Act is November 12. That means we need to keep calling the Judiciary Committee to urge them to oppose this irresponsibly-written bill. Send emails to Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov and Michael.Day@mahouse.gov or call them at (617) 722-2396.
Second, since we cannot hold large gatherings but believe it imperative that our members participate in MCFL’s annual election, our Board of Directors voted at its August 1 meeting to postpone the Annual Meeting to the summer of 2021. Therefore, our current team of officers and directors will remain in place until then.
Finally, one word about the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Mr. Biden's running mate: abortion. You'll hear more from my team and me about the senator's record on the issue. But, for now, her addition to the ticket simply confirms what the Democratic party has recently attempted to deny: its modern platform promotes abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy.
Each of us can be useful now, because any scars we might possess have only strengthened us for what lies ahead. I have no doubt that, together, as we have for the last 46 years, we will love, fight, and thrive on the truth. Thank you for your ongoing partnership. We cannot do this work without you!
(Share our Banquet registration link with friends or family. https://www.masscitizensforlife.org/2020 The deadline for RSVPs is September 15. )
Can you push us over the line? We need to raise $10,000 by the end of 2019...
Dear friend -- We know there are a lot of organizations to consider when it comes to year-end giving. But there is no other organization in Massachusetts solely dedicated to the pro-life cause. Why not give a tax-deductible gift to the Massachusetts Citizens for Life Charitable Trust?
At MCFL, we use small and large gifts to save the lives of the unborn, toprotect mothers, the sick, and the elderly, and teach legislators and the public about the dignity of human life.
The generosity you’ve shown to MCFL has been remarkable, and we are so very grateful.
It is because of you that we have stopped the abortion lobby from passing their horrific ROE Act this year – a bill that would legalize passive infanticide, endanger our underage girls, and remove every pro-life law we’ve passed over the past five decades. But the ROE Act is not yet defeated. It remains a very real threat in 2020, and we will do everything within our power to block it, but we need your help.
We just announced a campaign to raise $10,000 between now and December 31st to help MCFL obtain the necessary funds to continue our work in 2020. Those funds will be used to educate thousands of Massachusetts residents who have not yet learned about the dangers of the ROE Act. They may be your neighbors, coworkers, extended family, or strangers you pass in the grocery store. We believe it is our duty to inform them.
You know as well as I do that we need to bring more people into the movement to protect life. We need to expand our reach and strengthen our impact, and your gift today will give us the means to nourish our life-saving programs and unite our supporters, whether they’re new, old, or prospective members of the MCFL family.
Please make a tax-deductible gift today to help us in our mission to grow the pro-life movement in Massachusetts. Click here: Secure.MCFL.Donate.org
I have every confidence that we’ll meet our $10,000 goal and look forward to celebrating with you as we ring in the new decade together Tuesday night. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Myrna Maloney Flynn
P.S. Planned Parenthood and NARAL Massachusetts are notifying their members about how active and generous you have been. They are raising millions to push an agenda promoting abortion at any cost, even at the cost of women’s lives. We don’t need millions to accomplish our pro-life goals, but we do need your help! Your generous gift today will help us change more hearts and realize more for life in 2020 and through the new decade. Click here to make your gift today: https://www.masscitizensforlife.org/donate-trust
Giving Tuesday gives the nation a chance to turn towards giving, rather than the consumerist taking so often tangled up with the holidays. At MCFL, we one-up that theme: Giving is good, but giving life is even better.
"I wouldn't have known I had another option if you hadn't been out here." Lilly (name changed for purposes of anonymity) met me in front of Planned Parenthood while I was helping others start sidewalk counseling. She was pregnant.
"You have no idea...I didn't know I could do anything about abortion until I started getting emails, coming to your events." Paul (named changed) pointed at the handout I had given him. "I thought I was the only one who, like, cared..."
"If I hadn't seen those [pointing at the fetal models] I would have aborted. I would have believed Evie was just a clump of my cells
"You gave me back two lives!"
"I found you online. Thank you for your website. Thank you for responding to my email, and for the note and money. It gave me the courage to keep my baby."
These are all people who -- because MCFL offered training or pregnancy resource help -- cherished or protected an unborn life.
We give a lot of things during the holiday season. We buy a lot of stuff. But we sometimes forget just how much we can give -- life! Hope. The physical presence and love that let a mother know she is not throwaway, and neither is her child.
Please partner with us, and give this holiday season to make sure that every child in Massachusetts -- in the womb or out of it -- can celebrate the holiday.
$1,000! Life is priceless!
$560 will sponsor weekly sidewalk counseling vigils for a month, and training for new counselors in Boston
$340 will provide two students or young professionals the chance to attend the National March for Life with our charted buses
$100 will sponsor a community screening of UnPlanned, especially on college campuses
$50 gives us the means to print pregnancy resource and fetal development brochures for our work outside abortion facilities for the Mont of December.
Finally, can you send our members caroling for life this Christmas? Any amount will support A Pro-Life Christmas Carol, reaching both women in crisis this season, and abortion workers.
Thank you for your generosity, your partnership, your life-saving gifts!
Register for the Fall 2020 Massachusetts March for Life.
This year, we'll double our impact, visibly demonstrating the strength of numbers of those who support saving, instead of discarding, the lives of our women and preborn. This event will be held in November, 2020, but please stay in touch as we continue to monitor the circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
Register for the 2020 Massachusetts March & Walk For Life.
It's never too early to start planning when a plan can save instead of take lives.
Submit your $25 entry fee below, and get started on that fundraising!
Most of our marchers have never participated in a fundraising event, and yet the average first-time walker can raise over $1,000.
Here are some fundraising tips:
Make a plan. Work with your team to set a fundraising goal and develop a simple plan.
Use your personal profile on our web page as a fundraising page. The second you register, find your unique link (for example: masscitizensforlife.org/cj), and get busy on social media! Statistics show that friends connected via FaceBook and email, when asked, are 5x more likely to pitch in to your walk than those not given an easy online way to support you. Even if computers aren't your communication method of choice, you will find this tool simple, and our team is always available to answer any questions you have.
Don’t Be Afraid. You never know who may have been deeply impacted by our throwaway attitude towards our fellow human beings. From abortion-coercion, to post-abortive suicide, from doctor-prescribed death to siblings who have lost siblings to abortion... So many people are suffering in silence – your strength will be their inspiration, and invitation, to heal.
Most people need to be asked 6 times before they make a donation. Just because the first Facebook status or email didn’t receive a donation, does not mean you won’t receive one. Follow-up with everyone you know. Again. And again. And again! Lives are on the line.
Spread Awareness to Save Lives. The most important aspect of your fundraising effort is educating people about our mission. Think of it like dominoes: the facts that you share with one will get passed along to another. You may just be the instrument to save an irreplaceable life.
- Show Your Gratitude. Thank everyone who supports you. You can show it by phone, show it in person, show it in personal card. But let your gratitude show. Those who partner with you on this historic walk should know that their contribution- large or small- means the world to you, and is critical to the cause.
- Finally, every dollar you raise saves lives. Whatever resources you raise for your walk go directly into our outreach efforts, and save lives like these.
The MCFL Rose Drive is an annual memorial and fundraising outreach that is easy, attractive, and adaptable. Our chapters and our members have been offering roses outside churches or during fairs or community events almost since our inception.
What, then, is a rose drive?
Rose Drives serve a dual purpose: as memorials for preborn people, and as fundraisers. Roses purchased to remember the children and their mothers victimized by legal abortion directly support MCFL’s educational programs, community outreach, lobbying, and more.
Many drives are held on Mother’s Day, or during October, Respect Life Month. Many members get permission from their pastor to offer roses after services -- this has been a highly successful, as well as easy, strategy.
As you plan your own Rose Drive for the upcoming year, the following steps may be helpful:Read more