By Angie Thomas
For my blog post this month I have just one thing on my mind, and that is Fais Do Do on October 3rd! Please join us at this wonderful event!
Woman’s New Life Center’ s (WNLC) annual Fais Do Do is this Friday, October 3rd with a patron party beginning at 7 pm and the main event occurring from 8 pm to 11 pm at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans, LA. Proceeds from the event will benefit WNLC’s programs and services for women facing unplanned pregnancies in the Greater New Orleans area and the Gulf South.
WNLC’s Annual Fais Do Do will be held in the unique New Orleans atmosphere of Generations Hall. Featuring the upbeat sounds of The Wiseguys and food from the area’s best restaurants, this Cajun dance party will attract over 300 of the area’s top business, civic, and community leaders to join forces and raise funds to save lives.
This year, we are so privileged to be honoring WNLC co-founder Father Joseph Doyle, S.S.J. Fr. Joseph Doyle, SSJ was born in Baltimore, MD in 1938. He graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1960 and was ordained a priest of the Society of St. Joseph (Josephite Fathers) in 1968. He has a master’s degree in Theology from St. Joseph Seminary, Washington, D.C. and a D. Min. from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Wheeling Jesuit University. Over the years, Fr. Doyle has worked in pastoral ministry, campus ministry, seminary formation and most recently retired as president emeritus from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA.
As Father Doyle himself will tell you, his work at Woman’s New Life Center (WNLC) is the joy of his priestly ministry. In 1994, he met Susan Mire and began working with her in a local post-abortion ministry. When Susan came to him in 1999 with the idea for the Woman’s New Life Center, he responded with great enthusiasm and support, which he continues to show to this day. Rightly considered a co-founder, Father Doyle assisted Susan in every aspect of founding and growing the ministry, and helped her re-open the center after Hurricane Katrina. One of the greatest opportunities in his work with the Woman’s New Life Center was when WNLC’s Metairie office opened next door to the Ridgelake abortion facility. Father Doyle and Susan obtained permission to open a Eucharistic chapel in the office, and because of Father Doyle’s commitment, WNLC has offered daily Mass, hours of adoration and holy hours in its chapel regularly since 2008. In addition to his devotion to Woman’s New Life Center, Father Doyle is regularly involved in many local and national pro-life causes, and is a committed and active member of Priests for Life.
Our fabulous fundraising event is open to the public. Special underwriting and individual tickets are available by calling WNLC at (504) 496-0212.
To register for the event or for patron or sponsorship information, visit the Fais Do Do web page at www.womansnewlife.com/faisdodo or call 504-496-0212.
We hope to see you there! Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
Angie Thomas serves as CEO of the Woman’s New Life Center, She is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A. 2001, magna cum laude) and Loyola Law School (J.D. 2004, cum laude). She lives in New Orleans with her husband and three daughters.