COLORADO SPRINGS. A year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation, more than 900 people attended the Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner Oct. 6 at The Broadmoor.
Deborah “Deb” Harney, a member of St. Patrick Parish, received the Respect Life Volunteer of the Year award.
Harney is a “powerful prayer warrior and a fierce advocate for life at every age and stage,” said Julie Bailey, Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
“During the fight to pass Proposition 115, an effort to ban late-term abortion in Colorado, she spent countless hours educating the public as to the current barbaric abortion laws and the importance of ending the practice in our state,” Bailey said. “Many of these hours were spent in front of the DMV and other public locations engaging passersby in conversation about this issue.”
“She tirelessly partners with her local Knights of Columbus Council, youth ministry, young adults, and other parish ministries to keep the life issues at the forefront of parishioners’ minds,” Bailey said. “She developed and maintains the Respect Life calendar, an invaluable organizational tool for our Respect Life Apostolate. She designs and produces materials for many diocesan Respect Life events and regularly organizes and lends her beautiful voice to annual sidewalk caroling to celebrate the birth of the Author of Life — all this in spite of ongoing and often debilitating challenges to her physical health.”
The dinner was also an opportunity to publicly introduce the Mater Filius maternity home that is planned for construction on the grounds of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish.
Mater Filius is a network of homes throughout the United States and Mexico that provides lodging, meals, health care assistance, counseling, job assistance, transportation, and other support for women facing unexpected pregnancies and any young children they may already have. Currently in the U.S., there are Mater Filius homes operating in Nebraska, Miami and Dallas. More information can be found at www.materfilius.org.
The keynote speak for the dinner was Dr. Pat Castle, former professor at the Air Force Academy and founder of the pro-life organization LifeRunners. Castle, who now resides in Nebraska, presented Bishop James Golka with a black LifeRunners jacket displaying the group’s signature “Remember the Unborn” message.
Next year’s Respect Life Dinner is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2022. Bishop Golka will be the keynote speaker. For more information on the Respect Life Apostolate, visit www.diocs.org/pastoral-services/respect-life.