Greetings from the New Headquarters of The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, On March 1, 2020 I was newly assigned by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn to The Bishop Mugarvero Residence of the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, New York. After having served 27 years as chaplain for the Sister Adorers of the Most Precious Blood at the Monastery of the Most Precious Blood, my time of chaplaincy has come to an end. I was most blessed to have served there and will very much miss the Sisters and all who had come to me there for spiritual direction and education. I gave well over 100 retreats there to people from all walks of life..........
Our vigils are not taking place at the moment but once the lock-down is lifted, we will start again. Please use the time you would have spent at a vigil, to pray at home for an end to abortion throughout the world and for all those affected by it. By your witness and prayer, God can work conversions in the hearts of all families now locked together for the first time in many years. We pray that all will embrace this opportunity given by God to search for silence, reflect of the meaning of life and start to pray. For all to realise that Abortion is not an essential medical service. In any society past present and future, it is an intrinsic evil to kill the child in the womb. Abortion is not just the moral issue of our time, but the moral issue of all times.
Buffer Zone appeal
What is the Latest on Alina's Appeal
Last month, the Supreme Court turned down permission for me to appeal my case, even though the Court of Appeal avoided some of the most important issues in their judgment last year. Most frustratingly, the Supreme Court didn't provide any reasons for its decision, and so we don't know why it was not accepted.
However, the good news is that the Supreme Court does not have the final say on cases involving Human Rights. Because my case involves the right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion, we can take it to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. After reflecting with my legal team on whether to appeal the case further, I am excited to announce that we have decided to take the case to Strasbourg.
Saturday 20 July saw Bishop Thomas McMahon (Emeritus of Brentwood) celebrate Holy Mass for the Helpers at St Thomas’ Church, Woodford, lead our Procession from the church and stay for the whole vigil outside Marie Stopes in Buckhurst Hill. Look at the great photos!