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January 02, 2014 - 8:15 PST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA ADVISORY

For further information contact:
Martha Schieber, Communications Director
(800) 393-5791 Ext. 206
marthas@vitaefoundation.org

Jefferson City, MO (January 2, 2014) - After 22 years, Vitae Foundation President and founder, Carl Landwehr, will pass the presidential baton of this multi-million dollar not-for-profit media organization to Dr. Pat Castle, retiring Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. The transition will occur on June 1. Dr. Castle is the founder of another national pro-life organization - the National LIFE Runners Team. Landwehr will continue to work with Vitae utilizing his philanthropic and media abilities, but will no longer be the leader at the helm.

"I've been preparing for this transition for some time now, knowing it was time to turn over the reins to someone who has the heart and desire to continue the work of changing hearts and minds and making abortion unthinkable," Landwehr stated. "I was fortunate to work with some pioneers in the pro-life arena dating back to 1974. The work of those courageous individuals helped shape Vitae into the organization it is today."

Over the years, Landwehr and Vitae have received many public endorsements, from Gov. Mike Huckabee to Seán Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. Highlights have also included hand-written notes of encouragement from Blessed Mother Teresa, President George H. W. Bush (41), and Poland's former President Lech Walesa.

"This is the man (Walesa) who said: 'It was in us, in our hearts and minds that something started that changed the face of this earth.' That is how we felt in those early days of convincing people that media could be used to change a culture of death to a culture of life," the Vitae president of 22 years stated.

The media strategies and the bedrock of research that make them effective have helped Vitae save thousands of women and their babies from the horror of abortion. The Vitae founder will continue as President Emeritus and work in the areas of Development and National Expansion. He will take Vitae's message to new pockets of the United States while raising the needed funds for effective media campaigns that reach women in need. "You can't completely retire from a cause as great as this," Landwehr noted.

Vitae's Board of Directors unanimously selected Pat Castle, Ph.D., after a nationwide search was conducted by a board-appointed Presidential Search Committee that included members of the board, donors and trustees. The committee worked for two years on the transition plan including the criteria for the next president and the nationwide search.

"The board is excited about Pat Castle as Vitae's next president!" Vitae Board President, Pastor Tom Krause, stated. "We set high goals and sought a president with a big vision; who is passionate about life; and who is successful in other pro-life efforts. Pat has a proven record of effectiveness. His leadership style will be an asset to moving Vitae to the next level as a national leader in the pro-life movement."


Dr. Castle is currently a Lieutenant Colonel and Medical Support Squadron commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. He will retire from the Air Force this May and is prepared to serve as the Vitae president.

"Being selected to serve as the next Vitae president is an opportunity to use my Pro-Life ministry leadership experiences, science research background, Air Force command, and all blessings to be given for the greatest of causes--defending God's gift of Life," Dr. Castle stated. "I'm blessed to be called to serve as the next Vitae Foundation president, to help Vitae reach even further with research-based media that changes hearts and minds for saving even more lives. With teamwork, we will stay the course to make and keep abortion unthinkable."

After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1993, Dr. Castle's military service took him to Texas, California, Colorado, Turkey, Illinois, and South Dakota. In 2007 he co-founded LIFE Group Devotions; and then in 2008 the National LIFE Runners Team. LIFE Runners, with their 60+ chapters in 46 states and 10 foreign countries, has a membership of more than 1,800 runners and walkers ages 3 to 80. They pray and raise awareness and funds for Pregnancy Help Centers across America. An accomplished runner, Castle has finished 17 marathons. In 2010 he was named the Scott Air Force Base Athlete of the Year (out of 4,250). He is board president of the Rapid City Care Net Pregnancy Center and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Vitae Foundation since 2012. Additionally Pat co-founded the national Law of Life Summit in 2012 which meets annually in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Calif.

Already known on the national level in the pro-life arena, Dr. Castle has made a strong impression in just the past few years.

"Dr. Castle's creative approach to combining the much-loved sport of running and training for marathons with his pro-life ideals has born tremendous fruit - for pro-life runners as well as mothers facing an unexpected pregnancy and their babies," Jeanne F. Monahan, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, stated.

"Pat is a faithful Roman Catholic who is also very ecumenical in his outreach. He brings much energy, enthusiasm and intelligence to whatever he does, whether that is his work with the United States Air Force, the Knights of Columbus, the LIFE Runners or other pro-life causes," Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, noted.

"As I cross the country traveling to various pro-life speaking events--typically 18 per month--Pat's name comes up often in conversation," Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director and founder of And Then There Were None, stated. "He has made a large footprint in the movement with the National LIFE Runners organization, but many of us realize that he is actually just getting warmed up."

Vitae's new president-elect is thankful for this next opportunity in his life. "I want to give many thanks for the Vitae staff and board, especially founder Carl Landwehr for his true faith, big vision, and great work leading Vitae to be a nationally-recognized team that applies research-based messages for life-saving media," Dr. Castle noted.

Also making the move to Jefferson City this summer with Pat will be his wife Angi, and daughters Paige and Grace.

# # #

(For the opportunity to interview Carl Landwehr or Pat Castle, Ph.D., contact Martha Schieber at 800-393-5791.)

Contact

Vitae Foundation
http://www.vitaefoundation.org
MO, 65101 US
Martha Schieber - Communications Director, 800-393-5791

Keywords

Pro Life, Vitae Foundation, abortion, LIFE Runners,

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May 30, 2014 - 9:47 PDT

Survey Points to Growing Impact of Franciscan University Youth Conferences on Priestly Vocations
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 30, 2014 - 6:45 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air throughout the U.S. this weekend
May 29, 2014 - 8:35 PDT

RENEW International's Spanish Publication Recognized for Excellence
RENEW International
May 28, 2014 - 8:45 PDT

Scott Hahn's Angels and Saints Blog Tour: May 27 - June 7
Image Books/Random House
May 26, 2014 - 3:41 PDT

Franciscan University Chancellor Honored by Christendom College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 23, 2014 - 6:09 PDT

Six Franciscan University Graduates to Enter Seminary, Religious Orders
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 23, 2014 - 6:02 PDT

Israel welcome Pope Francis with special stamp sheet
Israel Postal Company
May 22, 2014 - 11:58 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to air coverage of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land
May 20, 2014 - 12:58 PDT

Renowned boys of St. Paul's Choir School ink international recording deal with AimHigher Recordings
May 19, 2014 - 7:12 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Air Ordinations to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston
The CatholicTV Network
May 16, 2014 - 7:55 PDT

Damon Owens to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 15, 2014 - 7:54 PDT

The Catholic University of America Baccalaureate Mass to air LIVE on The CatholicTV Network
May 15, 2014 - 7:32 PDT

Clean comedy cleans up at box office
May 13, 2014 - 12:59 PDT

Cardinal, Bishop, and EWTN CEO Address the Class of 2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 13, 2014 - 10:45 PDT

Saint Benedict Press Named Exclusive Publisher for Catholic Scirpture Study International
Saint Benedict Press, LLC/TAN Books
May 12, 2014 - 1:40 PDT

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 12, 2014 - 7:53 PDT

'MOMS' NIGHT OUT' DEBUTS TODAY: MOM-COM FOR THE WHOLE FAM NO. 3 IN TICKET PRE-SALES
Carmel Communications
May 09, 2014 - 10:18 PDT

SoulCore Founders to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 08, 2014 - 11:57 PDT

It's now or never to build a just and humane society
May 08, 2014 - 8:50 PDT

3 Nat'l Catholic Leaders Elected to Nonprofit Board of Directors
Catholic Leadership Institute
May 08, 2014 - 8:46 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo
May 07, 2014 - 10:48 PDT

Father Rocky Hoffman to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 06, 2014 - 9:59 PDT

Catholic Novel Wins National Secular Award
Little Flower Strategies
May 05, 2014 - 12:53 PDT

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II
The CatholicTV Network
May 05, 2014 - 9:58 PDT

Nat'l Catholic Leader Frank Hanna Joins Catholic Leadership Inst. Board of Directors
Catholic Leadership Institute
May 02, 2014 - 6:24 PDT

Father Jim Martin to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 01, 2014 - 9:56 PDT

TAN Books Named Exclusive Publisher for Confraternity of the Precious Blood
Saint Benedict Press, LLC/TAN Books
April 30, 2014 - 11:31 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Denver and Colorado Springs
April 30, 2014 - 10:39 PDT

What happens when you realize that God's not dead?
April 29, 2014 - 10:20 PDT

CAMPAIGN FOR AWARD-WINNING CATHOLIC DOCUMENTARY LAUNCHES ON KICKSTARTER
April 28, 2014 - 12:20 PDT

World Apostolate of Fatima Co-Hosting Marian Eucharistic Conference
April 28, 2014 - 4:31 PDT

Veritas Conference Champions Authentic Religious Freedom
Franciscan University of Steubenville
April 26, 2014 - 10:18 PDT

Walsh University Hosts Spring Commencement Ceremony, Sunday, May 4 Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love to Keyn
Walsh University
April 24, 2014 - 9:38 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in San Francisco
April 24, 2014 - 7:22 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air throughout South Carolina
April 24, 2014 - 7:19 PDT

Franciscan University Solidifies Ties With Historic Landmark- Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu
Franciscan University of Steubenville
April 23, 2014 - 7:26 PDT

FOUR PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA TITLES AMONG ACP AWARD FINALISTS
Pauline Books & Media
April 22, 2014 - 2:14 PDT

Picking Up Where John Paul II Left Off
Saint Luke Productions
April 22, 2014 - 11:12 PDT

Concert Series Concludes with Let's Sing!
April 22, 2014 - 6:14 PDT

Saint Faustina Drama Comes to Historic Baltimore Church
April 21, 2014 - 7:18 PDT

Massive Online Open Seminar on Women Deacons June 9-July 8, 2014
Hofstra University
April 20, 2014 - 8:27 PDT

Irish Indie Chart Topper for Good Friday 2014
One By One Ministries
April 17, 2014 - 3:06 PDT

Dr. Ben Carson Praises Vitae's 'Compassionate' Efforts
Vitae Foundation
April 17, 2014 - 1:28 PDT

Akron General Hosptial namesWalsh University Student is 2014 Outstanding Student Nurse of the Year
Walsh University
April 17, 2014 - 6:58 PDT

'Life as a Sister'--A Unique Website Goes Live
Sisters of Bon Secours
April 16, 2014 - 1:21 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Provide Canonization Coverage
The CatholicTV Network
April 16, 2014 - 8:18 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Montana
April 15, 2014 - 10:47 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in South Dakota
April 15, 2014 - 10:45 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Oklahoma
April 15, 2014 - 10:44 PDT

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