DALLAS, April 26, 2019
In April 2018, the Catholic Pro-Life Committee celebrated 25 years of saving and changing lives in North Texas. One year later, the organization is introducing a refreshed brand reflecting the next chapter of respect life ministry in the Diocese of Dallas.
What began in 1973 as an impassioned committee devoted to prayer and peaceful witness has grown into a community of thousands devoted to the mission to end abortion and restore respect for human life from conception until natural death.
"As we move ahead in the cause of LIFE, we sought to create an emblem, uniquely ours, that reflected our growth, was rooted in our history, and hopeful for our future," said Executive Director, Becky Visosky.
To that end, the ministry's name has changed to
which along with a new logo, was unveiled at the 26th Annual Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner on April 13 (via the video below).
Inspired by the iconic image of the Madonna of the Streets
(which in turn was inspired by the Blessed Mother with the Christ Child), "we arrived at a trinitarian image of three circles," explained Visosky. "One is the mother looking out for help and support; second is her child looking to her for that same support; and third represents the Body of Christ standing ready to embrace them both with love."
A compelling image demands an equally powerful message, and who better for that message than one of the patron saints of the pro-life movement committed to helping the helpless where she found them -- St. Teresa of Calcutta.
In her words, God "created us to love and be loved."
The Catholic Pro-Life Community was likewise created to love and is
committed to life.
And, thus, a message is born.
Together, the Catholic Pro-Life Community effects its shared mission through three primary pillars of pro-life ministry:
Each year, the Catholic Pro-Life Community serves hundreds of women and men in crisis, facing an unexpected pregnancy or suffering in the aftermath of abortion. The CPLC's supportive services, including Sidewalk Counseling, Project Gabriel, and Healing after Abortion, meet those in need wherever they are with Christ's love and the unfailing support of His Church.
The Catholic Pro-Life Community offers bilingual education, through its Speakers Bureau and Hispanic Pastoral Ministry, on the value of life and the beauty of chastity, reaching thousands of youth and adults each year. The CPLC's Youth For Life program engages students in the critical efforts to defend life, preparing them to become the pro-life leaders of today.
The Catholic Pro-Life Community's model for pro-life activism begins with the parish and church community, encourages civic action, and is grounded in prayer. The CPLC provides an organizational structure for local respect life programs and helps facilitate regional and statewide activities, such as the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil, the North Texas March for Life, and Catholic Advocacy Day.