MANILA, Nov. 19, 2013—Rosary for Life Philippines (RFL) marked a decade of active involvement in the pro-life movement by organizing Lakbay Buhay, a nine-day outreach pilgrimage to parishes and shrines in Nueva Ecija, Baguio, Laguna, Antipolo, Batangas and Metro Manila.
The prayer support network of the pro-life movement celebrated its tenth year of active apostolate in the Philippines last November 11.
During the pilgrimage to parishes, RFL staff and volunteers solicited pledges for the recitation of the Holy Rosary for the intention of stopping abortion.
The group also distributed contact information of pro-life pregnancy crisis telephone lines among the vendors in the vicinity of Quiapo Church who sell herbal preparations and Cytotec to women with problem pregnancies.
RFL volunteers hoped that with contact information in their hands, vendors would take the initiative to provide women seeking to terminate their pregnancies with the help lines so that they would choose Life and carry their babies to term.
The outreach activity culminated in a Mass at the Basilica Minore of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, celebrated by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, immediate past chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL).
Rosary for Life (RFL) foundress, Mrs. Winifred Powers, came all the way from the United States to attend the celebration.
Powers established the RFL in New York City in 1992, that has since spread to all 50 states of the U.S. as well as to 27 other countries including the Philippines.
Officially launched on November 11, 2003, the RFL’s apostolate of generating prayer to stop abortion has been carried on under the patronage of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (ECFL-CBCP).
Rosary for Life Philippines was the offshoot of a meeting between Mrs. Wyn Powers and Mr. Sebastian and Mrs. Betty Roxas Chua who found themselves together on a pilgrimage to Rome for the canonization of Padre Pio of Petralcina in 1991.
Grace to be born
The movement’s active pro-life involvement and prayer support led to the establishment of “Grace to be Born”—a facility where women in crisis pregnancy situations can find a temporary shelter.
The place, located at 53 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Kapasigan, Pasig City, has to date helped save more than 150 babies from abortion.
“Grace to be Born” has plans to build a facility in Pampanga to address the abortion problem in the urbanized areas of Central and Northern Luzon.
Rey Ortega, Executive Director of Grace to be Born and a recipient of the Mother Teresa Award for his work among orphans said women in crisis and needing help may call Grace to be Born at 654-1377 or 0917-816-4700.
Rosary for Life may be contacted at tel 400-3447 and has its office at 996 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila. (CBCPNews)