The eighth annual Chers Bébés: Acadiana’s Soirée for Life is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cathedral Hall in Lafayette.
Chers Bébés benefits the Dr. Zerben Bienvenu and Dr. William Smith Fund for Acadiana Pro-Life Education, dedicated to the pro-life education of middle and high school students across Acadiana through interactive presentations and activities. Through these efforts we continue to strengthen the pro-life spirit of Acadiana for generations to come!
CHERS BEBES SPEAKER: Attorney General Jeff Landry
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry grew up watching his middle- class parents sacrifice to ensure their children’s success. Inspired by their guidance, General Landry joined the Louisiana National Guard while still in high school and worked his way through the University of Southwest Louisiana as a police officer and sheriff’s deputy.
Recognized for his success as the owner of an oil and gas environmental service company, General Landry was selected Executive Director of the St. Martin Parish Economic Development Authority – helping recruit a Fortune 500 company and spur the economic energy corridor on Louisiana’s Highway 90.
At a later age, General Landry went to law school – starting part-time at Southern University then finishing his law degree at Loyola University. He then returned to Acadiana as a business attorney, helping job creators navigate the complexities of our legal environment.
In 2010 – General Landry was elected to the United States House of Representatives where he had a 100% pro-life voting record and became known as a ferocious advocate of the Constitution, a leader on domestic energy policy, and a promoter of true reductions in wasteful government spending.
On January 11, 2016 – General Landry was sworn in as Louisiana’s Attorney General. In just his brief term as the State’s chief legal officer – General Landry has already upheld his pledge to make our communities safer by halting federal overreach, fighting public corruption, and arresting child predators.
ACADIANA PROUDLY PRO-LIFE AWARD HONOREES
Honorees for the 2022 Chers Bébés: Acadiana’s Soirée for Life are Jeri & John Miller and Dr. Brent Prather.
John and Jeri Miller have been married 43 years, raised three children and are spoiling eight grandchildren.
They are active parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Opelousas, where they were the original prolife coordinators. John and Jeri served on the Centennial Pro-Life Walk Committee and helped in fundraising efforts for the walk, Rose Dinner ads, and table sponsorship as well as the 2020 Diocesan Pro-Life Rally/Walk/Prayer Service Committee. This year they will host the Life Chain event at Our Lady Queen of Angel’s Church. They were Love Life Amendment Parish leaders and distributed over 400 Love Life Vote Yes signs.
John is a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member. Jeri has been leading pro-life rosaries each Wednesday in her parish for over 25 years.
They formed St. Landry Right to Life in 1987, and organized the first Walk for Life in this area in January 1988.
They have coordinated many prolife activities in their parish, such as Spiritual Adoption, Baby Showers, distribution of prolife Mother’s Day cards, Baby Bottle Campaigns, and sponsoring students to attend Camp Joshua/PULSE to teach them to defend and advocate the prolife position.
They are supporters of the Desormeaux Foundation and the newly formed Opelousas Pregnancy Center.
In 1952, Dr. Prather was adopted through Volunteers of America. He was raised in Opelousas and graduated from Opelousas Catholic High School. He followed the footsteps of his dad and became a pediatric Asthma and Allergy specialist. Currently he operates the Prather Pediatric and Allergy Center in Lafayette. He has written over 350 articles about parenting and allergies.
In the 1980’s Dr. Prather served as the Chair for The New Life Center. In three years, he helped raise 1.2 million dollars to renovate an old hotel that was transitioned into a shelter for women and children. The New Life Center, located in Opelousas, provided emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services for up to 52 homeless women and their children. During its time in service, they were able to assist over 2000 mothers and children.
During the 1990’s, he was friends with a biology teacher that allowed him to speak to High School students regarding the dangers of early sex and adoption. He also worked with adoption agencies and hospitals speaking to troubled birth mothers. He would share his adoption story and gave many mothers peace with their decision to place their baby for adoption.
Dr. Prather has been a prolife supporter for many years and has assisted with the development of the St. Landry Right to Life and has assisted with 5k prolife fundraisers and walk for life efforts.
Dr. Prather and his wife, Patty, have three children and seven grandchildren. He and his family have made over 10 mission trips to the Yucatan and Northern Mexico helping the underprivileged by providing both medical and spiritual support.
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