Respect Life Banquet Held
The Wyoming Valley Chapter, Pennsylvanians for Human Life, hosted its 34th Annual Respect Life Banquet in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 5. Nearly 200 attended to hear this year’s keynote speaker, David Bereit, founder of the national organization, 40 Days for Life. Banquet participants, first row, from left, are Mark Perugino, Grand Knight of Columbus of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Council in Swoyersville; George Yatison, president of the Fatima Grotto, North Street in Wilkes-Barre; Christopher Calore, vice president, Pennsylvanians for Human Life the Wyoming Valley Chapter, Betty Caffrey, president, Pennsylvanians for Human Life the Wyoming Valley Chapter, and Barbara Thoma, president of the Ladies of Charity. Second row: the Rev. Scott Boghossian, pastor, St. Mary’s Byzantine Church in Freeland; Michael Cicciocioppo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation in Harrisburg; David Bereit, keynote speaker; Jose’ Ferraz, representing Tradition, Family and Property Organization; the Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Dupont, and Patrick Umbra, supreme director, Region II, Order of Alhambra, Local Caravan Alhamar No. 4.