National Director of 40 Days for Life:
David helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition
that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people
together and dramatically reduced abortions in the
region. Planned Parenthood recognized the effectiveness
of David's efforts when it labeled his town "the
most anti-choice place in the nation."
David led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign
in College Station, Texas. He and his wife Margaret
have two children, Claire and Patrick.
Elizabeth and Jonathon Brewis
Jonathon are new parents. Jon is on the Board of The
Divine Mercy Center and Elizabeth is a long time
volunteer at the Center her mother founded.
Bishop Michael J. Byrnes Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit:
Bishop Byrnes attended University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor, earning a Bachelor of Science degree
in microbiology. He entered formation at Sacred
Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and was ordained
May 25, 1996, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed
Sacrament in Detroit by then-archbishop Cardinal
Adam Maida. Byrnes’s passions include participating
in marathons and triathlons. Last year, at his encouragement,
dozens of seminarians took part in the annual
Courage The mission of Courage is to help men and
women with same-sex attraction to know themselves
first as children of God and as beloved disciples of
Jesus Christ. The primary goal of Courage is to assist
those with SSA to live chaste lives, in accordance
with the teaching of the Catholic Church.
The Marian-Rice Players
stage a play each fall and a musical each spring. Outstanding
performances in the past have included not
only the talent of the actors, but the dedication and
skills of the stage crews, costume committees, lighting
staffs, production people and many other support
groups necessary for excellent theatre.
Matthew Hill U of D Jesuit: Theology teacher and
sidewalk counselor with Helpers of God’s Precious
Infants offers his popular pro life apologetics to equip
us to respond in charity.
IMPACT 73 / Pinckney Pro-Life Presenters give
tools to become leaders in building the culture of life.
Deb Ives Deb founded Heartfelt Family Services in
1996, as she began her own journey to finding all God
had for her as a Christian woman, wife and mother.
Dan Lawlis Cartoonist: Dan Lawlis has been a fantasy
illustrator for the past twenty years. Recently he
has created comic book interpretations of Jonah and
the Whale and Daniel in the Lion’s Den. This begins a
series of illustrations intended to introduce comic book
fans to the stories of the Bible.
Edmund Miller Guadalupe Partners is a partnership
of pro-life people who help abortion-minded women to
make life-affirming choices for themselves, for their
unborn children, and for their families.
Dr. Monica Miller Citizens for a Pro Life Society:
Dr. Miller is an Associate professor of Theology and
Religious Studies at Madonna University and a tireless
defender of the unborn.
Ed Rivet Legislative Director of RTL, Michigan: Ed
serves as the liaison between Right to Life and the
Michigan Legislature. He has been involved with
every piece of pro life legislature in Michigan over the
last two decades and a leader against legalizing assisted
suicide and embryonic stem cell research in
Kathleen Schupbach A founding board member of
Birth Choice Pregnancy Resource Center which
opened in the same building as an abortion clinic to
offer alternatives to women.
Deacon Gerald Smigell A deacon from Ss. Cyril &
Methodius and a sidewalk counselor with Helpers of
God’s Precious Infants, Deacon Smigell shares what
he has learned from years of front-line activism, sidewalk
counseling and prayer vigils outside abortion
Howard Weathington A veteran of six 40 Days for
Life campaigns, Howard helps lead other participants
in prayer and offers advice on how to talk to people
going to abortion clinics. A member of the Cathedral
of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Howard believes that
abortion is “probably the most important civil rights
issue we will ever be confronted with.”
Shannon Wygant Shannon Wygant is a founder of
Birthchoice Pregnancy Resource Center and owner of
Home Instead Healthcare.