Hundreds of people gathered at the Westerly Armory last week to honor the Rev. Raymond “Father Ray” Suriani, who received the Defender of Life Award at Immaculate Conception Parish’s annual Respect Life Dinner. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Deborah K. Fallacaro Pregnancy Center of Westerly. Father Ray, Pastor Emeritus of St. Pius X Catholic Church Parish in Westerly, where he served as assistant pastor and then pastor from 1988 to 2016, was given the award for his lifetime of work to promote and defend the dignity and sanctity of human life. A prolific writer, he has been published in many Catholic publications, including the Rhode Island Catholic, where he serves as contributing editor.