For Immediate Release
October 8, 2013
Contact: Leslie Palma
National Prayer Service to Include
Award for Host of Emmy Award-winning Pro-life Television Series
Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be
honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given
annually by the National Pro-Life Religious Council.
Mr. Mattes will receive the award during the 20th annual
National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers,
to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR
Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life
and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said ,
"Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the
pro-life movement in an exemplary way,” Father Pavone said.
“That certainly describes Brad Mattes. He has devoted his life
to making sure the truth about abortion is known throughout the
country and across the globe.”
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Life Issues Institute was
established by pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke and his recently
deceased wife, Barbara, to develop and globally disseminate
effective pro-life educational material. Dr. Willke chose and
trained Brad Mattes to carry this work into the future.
Its weekly television show, Facing Life Head-On, which Mr.
Mattes hosts and serves as executive producer, is a three-time
Regional Emmy winner that is available to more than 100 million
households in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Mattes also hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary
carried on nearly 1,100 radio outlets across the nation. He is
president of the International Right to Life Federation and is a
frequent international speaker and lecturer on abortion and
related life issues, including the impact of abortion on men.
“I greatly admire the National Pro-life Religious Council
because these are the people who walk their faith even when it’s
hard to do so,” Mr. Mattes said. “In past years, we’ve seen many
religious leaders forsake biblical truths for temporal gain or
prestige. The National Pro-Life Religious Council is often ‘a
voice of one calling in the wilderness,’ working to counter a
moral and ethical vacuum in society. I’m honored to be the 2014
recipient of their National Pro-life Recognition Award, and I’m
blessed to serve alongside them.”
The National Memorial, which is always held on the morning of
the March for Life, is the nation’s premiere prayer event,
bringing hundreds of interdenominational clergy together to pray
for an end to abortion. Last year’s event drew more than 1,500
people to Constitution Hall to pray for the unborn, for the
re-emergence of a culture of life and a restoration of religious
“The 2014 event has been in the planning stages since the day
after the 2013 March for Life, and it promises to be bigger and
even more spirit-filled than last year,” said Father Pavone, who
noted that the event is co-sponsored by the National Pro-Life
Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and
Gospel of Life Ministries.
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not
required. The prayer service begins at 8:30 and will end at
10:30, providing plenty of time to get to the March for Life
Rally. For the convenience of Catholics in attendance, Mass will
be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street
NW, at 18th Street.
For information, go to NationalPrayerService.com