(St. Paul, February 23, 2015) On Friday, February 20, 2015 we lost our very good friend and advocate Br. Paul O’Donnell. He will be greatly missed but his many great works and contributions will not be forgotten.
Br. Paul, along with the late Br. Michael Gaworski, founded Pro-Life Action Ministries in March 1981. Br. Paul developed the nation’s first formally organized sidewalk counseling program (he coined the term “sidewalk counseling”) which remains effective to this day in Minnesota and Central Florida.
Through his work, he organized sit-ins at abortion facilities and helped lead “Operation Rescue”-style events for the purpose of saving defenseless babies from death by abortion. He also participated in thousands of prayer vigils and rallies at abortion facilities, became a national spokesperson for the effort to save Terri Schiavo’s life, and remained a spokesperson for the fight against active euthanasia.
Br. Paul spoke to hundreds of groups about defending the defenseless, vulnerable, and poor. A milestone in Br. Paul’s career was his very moving address to hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters in attendance of the 2011 March for Life.
His legacy includes more than 3,000 babies that have been documented saved from abortion through the sidewalk counseling work of Pro-Life Action Ministries, inspiring countless others to join in the effort to directly defend innocent lives, and bringing attention to the whole pro-life movement the need to include work for those vulnerable to active euthanasia.
We feel blessed to have been able to share in his vision. Inspired by his lifelong devotion to the pro-life movement and advocating for the vulnerable, we hope to continue that legacy here at Pro-Life Action Ministries. God bless you Br. Paul O’Donnell.
“If by excessive labor, we die before reaching the average age of man, worn out in the Master’s service, then glory be to God, we shall have so much less of earth and so much more of Heaven! It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus. We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices, whose lot is to be consumed.” Spurgeon