The friars are very active in promoting life at all stages, as stated in our Constitutions: "An essential part of the work of evangelization and care of the poor is the friars' public and prayerful witness to the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. This witness is in opposition to the moral relativism and paganism of our times which undermines and attacks the fundamental human right to life, which is the foundation of a just and peaceful society."
We frequently conduct peaceful prayer vigils at abortion centers located in the New York City metropolitan area. The inspiration for these vigils comes from our holy father, Pope John Paul II, who in his encyclical letter, Evangelium Vitae, writes: "The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as "good news" to the people of every age and culture."