Several honored for pro-life work at Respect Life Dinner
COLORADO SPRINGS. Bishop Michael Sheridan once again presented several awards to people active in the pro-life movement as well as winners of a youth project contest during the Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 16 at The Broadmoor Hotel.
Stacie Mohrman, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Colorado Springs, won the 2018 “Parish Coordinator for Respect Life Ministry” award. Mohrman is a regular participant in the Forty Days for Life prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood. She is also a volunteer counselor with Sidewalk Advocates for Life, a method of reaching out to abortion-minded women and offering information on alternatives.
The “Father Bill Carmody” award was given to Ann Burger, who has been a regular volunteer at Pikes Peak Citizens for Life, assisting with office management, publishing a monthly newsletter, and manning pro-life booths at the county and state fairs. She now serves as the Respect Life contact for The Catholic Center at The Citadel.
For the youth project contest held in conjunction with the dinner, teens were invited to submit pro-life television commercials. The winners were Grace Cairns, Christina Fernandez and Mercedes Bilbao, all members of St. Paul Parish. They will receive a full scholarship to the March for Life, and their winning entries will be broadcast on local cable television stations.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Alveda C. King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, which is the African-American Outreach of Priests for Life. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of having had two abortions and finding God’s forgiveness and healing. The niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., King told stories of growing up in the civil rights movement and related her experiences to the present-day struggle to protect the unborn.
A video of the keynote address and award presentations can be found at: http://www.diocs.org/About/Bishop-Sheridan/Respect-Life/Highlights-from-Previous-Years/2018.