FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 26, 2018
Contact: Leslie Palma
TITUSVILLE, FL – Forty national pro-life leaders from around the country will join local, state and federal elected officials, pastors, supporters, staff and volunteers at the official grand opening of Priests for Life’s new headquarters here on Saturday, April 28.
At 11 a.m., Carol Fondo, director of member services for the Titusville Chamber of Commerce, will cut the ribbon outside the 20,000-square-foot building at 5211 South Washington Ave. that was formerly known to local residents as the “Patch building” for the family that built the structure and ran a printing operation for many years.
“We’re excited to celebrate Priests for Life at the grand opening of their headquarters in Titusville,” Ms. Fondo said. “We wish them much success in the future.”
Father Frank Pavone, National Director, explained that the international pro-life ministry had been headquartered in Staten Island, New York, for more than 25 years but made the move to Titusville to a larger facility, and in a state that is much friendlier to its pro-life mission. It’s also the first time Priests for Life has owned its own building.
A special guest who will be in attendance Saturday is U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), whose 8th congressional district includes Titusville.
“I am honored to help in welcoming Priests for Life to their new home in Titusville, Florida,” the congressman said. “Of all the rights and privileges that we Americans enjoy today, there is none more important than the right to life and we should work to ensure that even the most vulnerable among us are protected.”
Titusville Vice Mayor Matt Barringer and Florida State Rep. Erin Grall (District 54) also will attend. A spokeswoman for Ms. Grall said that although her district does not include Titusville, she is attending to show support for Priests for Life’s pro-life mission.
“We have been welcomed with open arms, and we are very much enjoying getting to know our new neighbors, locally and throughout the state,” Father Pavone said.
The building had been vacant for at least five years and extensive renovations were done to the interior over the course of a year. The move from Staten Island required five tractor-trailers that made the trip in the summer of 2017.
In addition to office and meeting space, the building features a chapel, radio studio, state-of-the art television studio and a warehouse to contain Priests for Life’s vast collection of pro-life books and resources. Tours will be given following the ribbon cutting.
Some Staten Island staffers made the move to Titusville and many local residents have been hired to fill positions.
“We’re still looking for some key people to round out our staff,” said Janet Morana, Executive Director.
Members of the Priests for Life Pastoral Team, including Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana, travel all over the country and the world, speaking at churches, schools and pro-life gatherings.
Priests for Life was formed in 1991 as an outreach to Catholic priests, but has since expanded to include a dozen widely diverse, interdenominational ministries, including Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion; the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a mobilization of mothers and fathers who regret their abortion experiences, and Civil Rights for the Unborn, headed by Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
“We feel very privileged to be part of the Titusville revival,” Father Pavone said. “The Space Coast is a very exciting place to live right now. And to make it easy for people to reach us, we have one of the simplest numbers in our 321 area code: 321-500-1000.”
“The rocket launches are the icing on the cake,” Mrs. Morana added.
Media are welcome to the grand opening and can schedule interviews with Priests for Life personnel before the event. To arrange an interview, contact Leslie Palma, communications director, at 732-757-9087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.