About the Author

Father Peter West

Fr. West earned an MA in theology from Holy Apostles Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1991. He is the founder and director of the Catholic young adult group Amicus. After almost seven years in pastoral ministry, he served with Priests for Life from 1998 until becoming HLI's Vice President for Missions from 2011 to 2015.

In over 25 years of pro-life activism, Fr. West has spoken to both priests and laity at over 500 events, including presentations in all 50 states and in several nations worldwide.  He has also appeared on radio and TV, including “EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa,” and has published articles in ZENITThe American ThinkerLifeSiteNews.com, and LifeNews.com.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Protector of Life and Family

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro and Fr. Peter West / May 4, 2015 /

The month of May is traditionally a time to honor Mary, the Mother of God. This is a fitting time to reflect on the essential role she plays in our salvation and in our missionary apostolate promoting life and family. During this month we should strive to deepen our knowledge and love of her through…

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Saint Joseph, Protector of the Family Against Satanic Attack

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro and Fr. Peter West / March 19, 2015 /

  The Holy Patriarch Saint Joseph was appointed by God to be the guardian and protector of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is also a model for us of fatherhood and faithfulness.   St. Joseph, Protector of Families and Patron of the Universal Church His obedience of faith was manifested, as the Gospel tells us,…

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Father Hesburgh Deserves Our Prayers … Not Praise

By Fr. Peter West / March 4, 2015 /
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Tributes poured in after the death of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, who led Notre Dame University as its president for 35 years before retiring in 1986. President Barack Obama, who received an honorary degree from Notre Dame despite his adamant stand in favor of abortion, praised Father Hesburgh in a statement at his death, part of…

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Black Madonna Visits Imprisoned Pro-Life Hero Mary Wagner

By Fr. Peter West / March 28, 2014 /
Our Lady of Czestochowa

Throughout my journey with the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa across North America in defense of life, I’ve been to many wonderful places surrounded by amazing people. One place I wasn’t planning to end up when we started this historic trip was in prison. On Monday of this week, on the eve of…

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History of the Black Madonna

By Fr. Peter West / August 1, 2013 /
Black Madonna

Icons Though the practice of peregrination with icons of the Blessed Mother has fallen out of favor in much of the Catholic world, its history is worth noting. Even in the West, the faithful have over the centuries venerated the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and called on her intercession in times of great…

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Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body Part II

By Fr. Peter West / May 14, 2013 /
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This is the second of a two-part series on how Saint Pope John Paul II’s the Theology of the Body can be used to help young, confused Catholics to understand the true nature of marriage. Part I is here. True love is demanding. The source of the beauty of this love is its demanding nature.…

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Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body Part I

By Fr. Peter West / May 10, 2013 /
black man thinking

Polls show that most young people today, even those who identify themselves as Christians, have no problem with “same-sex marriage.” If young people today are at all aware of what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage and human sexuality, what they think they know is often only a caricature of the truth. They see it…

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The Story of St. Josephine Bakhita Being Replayed Today

By Fr. Peter West / March 16, 2012 /
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(Zenit.org) – When Josephine Bakhita died in 1947, thousands of Italians passed her funeral bier to pay respects to a simple woman who had achieved great renown for her kindness. To this day, the people of Schio, Italy, honor now-Saint Josephine, a former African slave, with the title “Nostra Madre Moretta,” which means “Our Black…

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