Every year, we invite speakers to inform and inspire us as we stand up for the lives of unborn children and their families. Below is a short bio for the speakers we have lined up this year:
Father Frank Pavone
If there is one person in the pro-life movement who needs no introduction it is Fr. Frank Pavone. Fr. Frank was born in 1959 in Port Chester, NY. He aspired to be an astronaut as a child but decided to become a priest after volunteering at his parish, and, after attending the 1976 March for Life, decided to devote his life to the pro-life cause. He enrolled in the Don Bosco College, a Salesian Major Seminary in Newton, New Jersey, later leaving the Salesian Order and joining the Archdiocese of New York.
In 1990, Priests for Life was founded right here in San Francisco by Father Lee Kaylor, along with his two friends Father Frank Felice and Father Voight Emmerick. The organization was officially approved in 1991 by San Francisco’s then-Archbishop John Quinn. In 1993, Fr. Frank was appointed director of Priests for Life, and has spread the pro-life message to all 50 states as well as five continents. He has met with and advised leaders at the highest levels of the Church and government. Under his tireless direction, Priests for Life has grown into an entire family of ministries, all in service of the Culture of Life.
Kathleen Folan, born in Spokane, Wa, is a lifelong Catholic. She holds a degree in philosophy from the University of San Francisco (studying at Oxford in her senior year) as well as a certificate from from USF’s legendary St. Ignatius Institute. A wife and mother, Kathleen currently serves as the Director of Family and Youth Ministry at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco. Kathleen’s inspirational story of faith, hope, and an appreciation for the blessings of God will be shared January 25 at the Walk for Life West Coast.
Rev. Clenard Childress
The Rev. Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., has spoken at almost every Walk West for Life Coast since its founding. A life- long resident of Montclair, New Jersey, he joined the New Calvary Baptist Church in September of 1974 under the pastorate of Dr. Shellie Sampson. He was ordained in 1988 by the North Jersey Shiloh Association and installed as Senior Pastor of New Calvary in April of 1989. The Reverend Childress is a tireless advocate for the Right to Life for all American, with a special emphasis on eliminating the scourge of abortion from the African-American community. He is one of the most respected leaders in the pro-life movement. His accomplishments and awards are too many to list here, but include his 1999 appointment as President of the Life Education And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N) in Northeast Region; and the founder of BlackGenocide.org. Rev. Childress was extensively profiled in PBS’s Frontline documentary “Anti-Abortion Crusaders inside the African American Abortion Battle.”
Special Presenter: Dr. Pat Castle
We are honored to be joined this year by Dr. Pat Castle, who will present this year’s Saint Gianna Molla Award for Pro-Life Heroism. Dr. Castle is the founder and president of LIFE Runners, the largest Pro-Life team in the world with over 13,935 teammates ages .1 to 101 in 39 nations and 2,517 cities. He has inspired pro-lifers all over the world with his dynamic leadership, unswerving commitment to the pro-life cause, and outside-the-box thinking. Pat’s accomplishments are too numerous to be listed here, but he has advised pregnancy help centers and sidewalk counselors, and has directed youth retreats, Engaged Encounter, FCA, and RCIA. He also earned a doctorate in nano-analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana!