Students of St Paul University, Ottawa, have formed a pro-life group, with the approval of the St Paul University Student Association (SPUSA).  Saint Paul Students for Life will have its first official function by welcoming Stephanie Gray, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform, who will speak on “Abortion and Intellectual Honesty.”  This will take place on Thursday 10 November 2011, 7pm-9pm, in Room 103 of St Paul University, Main Street, Ottawa.  All are invited and welcome!

Members of the Saint Paul Students for Life already make a weekly visit each Friday afternoon to the abortuary on Bank Street, Ottawa.  There, we pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet, remembering and standing in loving solidarity with the children who are killed there daily, and praying for the conversion of all involved in the abortion industry, and for mercy and healing for those who suffer as a result of abortion.  [Each Friday we meet at 1pm at the front door of the Deschatelets Residence, next door to St Paul University, and drive from there to Bank Street].

One of the aims of several of us is to support pro-life activities in Ottawa.  Ottawa is blessed in this regard by the leadership of its archbishop, Terrence Prendergast SJ.  The archbishop was prominent, along with several other Canadian bishops at the March for Life in Ottawa earlier in 2011.  On the morning of the March for Life, Archbishop Prendergast celebrated Mass in Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, which was filled to overflowing with those about to join the March for Life activities on Parliament Hill and through the streets of the capital.

Also this year, at a time when many of us were dismayed at people with connections to pro-abortion groups being welcomed as guest speakers at Catholic functions, Archbishop Prendergast took decisive action and cancelled the speaking engagements of the head of one organisation because he judged its activities to be “incompatible with the Church’s defence of the right to life from conception to natural death.”  (See story here.)  At the time, the Archbishop posted an excellent statement on the Ottawa Archdiocesan website stating clearly the pro-life position of the diocese.  Unfortunately this excellent statement seems to have been discarded in the recent make-over of the diocesan website.

Congratulations and well done to those who have made Saint Paul Students for Life a reality.  We are pleased to be its inaugural members.  And for those of you in Ottawa, we hope to see you on November 10 for our first public function.