Respect Life coordinators are commissioned; website unveiled
Religious freedom is something the Founding Fathers of the United States believed in. They risked their lives by signing the Declaration of Independence and that religious freedom shouldn’t be taken for granted today, according to the keynote speaker at last Saturday’s Respect Life Celebration in Peoria.
“If you learn nothing else from today’s talk remember this: As Catholics and as Americans our rights do not come from the government. Our rights don’t come from the state. Our rights come from a transcendent being Catholics call God,” Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, told respect life coordinators from around the diocese who attended the annual event, which was held at the Family Resources Center in Peoria.
They started the day by asking that same God for strength and guidance at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The liturgy included a commissioning service in which the coordinators expressed their willingness to accept “the ministry of the Respect Life apostolate so the Gospel of Life may radiate more fully to the world” and to commit themselves to daily prayer “for the defense of life, the conversion of our enemies, and the protection of religious liberty.”
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