MOSAIC Spring 2016 - Page 22

Captions: 1. Seminarians cook the fish and fixings and serve them, too, at the annual dinner to defend the unborn. 2. The Dinner for Life filled the gymnasium once again with over four hundred hungry and generous attendees. 3. The author joins speaker Louis Brown, lawyer and former political activist. Mr. Brown now helps to provide health care options to organizations that are exempt from the Affordable Health Care Act. 1. 2. 3. DINNER DRAWS HU N D REDS IN SU PPO RT O F THE UNB OR N Patrick Setto T his year marked the seventh annual Dinner for Life here at Sacred Heart, where over sixty seminarians came together to plan, cook, and host a dinner to fundraise for a local pro-life organization. As every year, we asked the Lord to reveal to us the pro-life organization that was most in need of help and that he personally wanted us to sponsor. 20 Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Spring 2016 Why not mark your calendar and attend the next Dinner for Life? It’s always held at the seminary on the first Friday of February. After much prayer and research, we discovered that there were two locations of the Imago Dei Pregnancy Center—at Holy Redeemer and St. Cecelia parishes in Detroit—that were newer and in need of financial help. Preparation for the dinner consisted of a committee of eight seminarians who met five months in advance to plan the dinner. The dinner took place on Friday, February 5, attended by around four hundred guests who have a heart for the pro-life cause. It began with a beautiful Mass with Bishop Michael Byrnes, auxiliary bishop of Detroit and former vice rector of the seminary, as the celebrant. The large team of seminarians who prepared a fish and pasta meal not only cooked the food but also served it. The keynote speaker for the dinner, Louis Brown, director of CURO Catholic Health Care Ministry and Christ Medicus Foundation, gave a passionate witness of his journey of conversion to becoming the right-to-life advocate that he is today. He strongly reminded the attendees of the moral obligation we have as Catholics to defend the unborn. The night ended with a raffle in which many guests walked away with great gifts such as iPads, golf bags, religious items, spiritual books, and many other items. Overall, the attendees of the Dinner for Life left deeply moved and inspired for the cause of the unborn. Patrick Setto is a third-year theologian studying for the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle.