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THE CONFRATERNITY OF SAINT JOSEPH – LAUNCHED ON THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH, 19 MARCH 2009

Abortion has long been seen as a ‘women’s issue’ but it is not – abortion is a human rights issue and it concerns everyone.

Among those often affected by abortion and most often forgotten are men – especially pro-life men. For far too long men have been marginalised in the whole debate, but we know that abortion does affect them and it’s time to break the silence and stand up for life.

It’s not their body – but it is their baby!

Many of the babies aborted every day are male; every single child aborted – in fact, every child ever created – has a father; many of those who perform abortions or pay for them or pressure women into having them, are men.

We need to change the culture of silence which surrounds the issue and we need to enable men to become more active in pro-life work and prayer.

The three aims of the Confraternity of St Joseph are:
TO KNOW, TO LOVE, TO SERVE

KNOW:
• Learn more about the complex issues surrounding men & abortion through our bi-annual newsletter giving information on the latest research.
• Get involved in finding out more via our recommended articles, blogs, website and discussion points.

LOVE:
• We show our love by our prayerful concern and faithful commitment to spiritually adopt a father involved in a crisis pregnancy situation.
• We commit to saying a ‘spiritual adoption prayer’ every day.
• Although the father will be known only to God, we who believe in the power of prayer know that, through our prayers, minds and hearts can be won over and lives saved.

SERVE:
• There is a never-ending supply of practical work to be done in support of the Pro-life Initiative.
• Work evenings have been arranged for the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. On these evening the pro-life centre will be open and a whole list of practical tasks will be available for those who can help. (A calendar of dates is available.)
• If you have a particular skill or trade, then let us know and we’ll be sure to put it to good use. A commitment form is available.
• For those who live too far away or who are unable to attend the work evenings, we have a whole list of ideas that you can do, wherever you are, to support our work.

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