MARCH 22, 2011            

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On March 26, 2011, Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell will host The Bishop’s 18th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner – one of the largest and most successful pro-life benefits in the nation.  For the last three years, dinner attendees have exceeded 2000 people, and Saturday's will once again.  The evening benefits the nine life-saving ministries of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas.

The Bishop’s 18th Annual Catholic Pro-Dinner:  It’s Time for the Miraculous
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Hilton Anatole Dallas
5:00 pm Silent Auction & Exhibits
6:30 pm  Seated Dinner

This year's theme – It's Time for the Miraculous – reflects "a willingness, with God's grace, to 'move the mountains' necessary to bring an end to abortion in Dallas," explained Executive Director Karen Garnett.  This willingness is further marked by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee's recently revised Mission Statement: "To educate, unite, and mobilize Catholics and all people of good will in the Diocese of Dallas to end abortion and restore respect and legal protection for every human life." 

Master of Ceremonies for this special evening will be EWTN radio personality Dr. Ray Guarendi who hosts the show The Doctor is In.   In addition to hosting his own show, Dr. Ray has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning.

Keynote speaker Carl A. Anderson is a New York Times best-selling author and Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.  Since Mr. Anderson assumed the responsibilities of Supreme Knight in 2000, the Knights of Columbus have achieved new heights in charitable giving, providing in its latest year more than $150 million directly to charity and 68 million hours in volunteer service.  Mr. Anderson has had a distinguished career as a public servant and educator, including serving in various positions in the Executive Office of the President of the United States and as a visiting professor at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, as well as being a nearly decade-long member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

In his most recent book, Beyond A House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored By Washington, Wall Street and the Media, Carl Anderson speaks of the courage needed to act on the “transcendent values” which should govern our society.  "We look forward to hearing Mr. Anderson, who will no doubt inspire the Dallas faithful to act with courage on behalf of the voiceless unborn," commented Garnett.

For more information, contact Director of Communications Becky Visosky at 972-267-5433 or 817-658-8701 (cell), , or visit www.prolifedallas.org/dinner.

About the Catholic Pro-Life Committee  

The Catholic Pro-Life Committee (CPLC) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that serves the public through education on life issues, women’s health issues, supportive services for pregnant women and their unborn children, and abortion aftercare.  The Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner, hosted by Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, is the major annual fundraiser for the CPLC.  CPLC services are available to anyone regardless of religious viewpoint or political affiliation.