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Respect Life Contact:

Bob Wurzelbacher
Director
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Cincinnati

Bob Wurzelbacher  
100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513)263-6674 voice
(513)421-1582 fax

 
 

Dayton

Noelle Collis-DeVito
Kara Ross

1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 281-4128 voice

Respect Life Award


Each year, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati honors a person who embodies the call to… “proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self, and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture life at every stage of its existence.”  (Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, USCCB).


RESPECT LIFE AWARD MASS- January 19, 2020 at 11:00am

The 2019 award was presented at the 11:00 am Mass on January 19, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains by Archbishop Schnurr.  All are welcome to attend this special Mass that will focus specifically on all Respect Life Issues. More information on the 2021 Mass is forthcoming!

Respect Life Sunday originated in 1972, the first Sunday of a month dedicated to renewing efforts to advance the culture of life, which embraces and upholds the dignity of life in all its stages from conception to natural death.


PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS 

Mary Anne Boyd, was the recipient of the 2019 Lay Person Respect Life award.   Mary Anne has served as a member of the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese as well as the Director of the Office for Respect Life Ministries for many years. Mary Anne is the reason for our successful Project Rachel Ministry in the Archdiocese. She helped to begin the ministry in 1994 and has continued, even in her retirement, to support the ministry to those suffering the effects of post-abortion experience.

Sr. Judy Tensing, SNDdN, was the recipient of the 2019 Priest/Religious Respect Life award. Sister Judy ministers to those who find themselves on the fringes of society due to past mistakes. Through her work at Power Inspires Progress, she helps people facing life after incarceration gain practical job skills without judgement. She runs the Venice on Vine Pizzeria as well as Venice Catering.

2017 Recipient- Rosie Prier 
(read the Catholic Telegraph article here.)


2015 Recipient- Maria Dunlap


2014 Recipients- Susan Willke Enouen
& Debbie Nieport

 


NOMINATIONS

All nominations are due by September 13, 2019.
Nominate your worthy layperson, priest or religious online HERE, or download the 2019 Nomination Form HERE and mail it to our office. 

Nominees must be Catholic, living out his or her faith in a visible way, and “proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self, and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence” (Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life.  A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, 2001, page 1).  This award encompasses work in areas such as abortion, care for the chronically ill, disabled or dying, advocacy for prisoners and victims of violent crime, and a host of other issues covered by the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities.