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Respect Life Sunday Annual Celebration

Annual Respect Life Sunday Mass – October 1, 2017 - Indianapolis

Please join us at 10:30 am on October 1, 2017, for the Annual Respect Life Sunday Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral. The Archbishop O’Meara Respect Life Award and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Pro-Life Youth Award will be presented during this celebration.

Annual Life Chain - October 1, 2017

LIFE CHAIN is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of individuals standing for 90 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Learn more about the Life Chain Network here.

  • The Central Indiana (Indianapolis) Life Chain will take place along Meridian Street from 2:30-3:30 PM. Parking is available at Knights of Columbus Mater Dei Council 437, 1305 N Delaware Street, Indianapolis. The Catholic Center parking lot will be closed during the Life Chain.
  • Bloomington Area Life Chain (2:00 PM-3:30 PM) Contact Carole Canfield at 812-322-5114
    • Neighborhood parking and signs available at 16 locations along E. Third St from College Mall Rd. west to College Ave, then south on College Ave to Planned Parenthood, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Columbus Area Life Chain (2:00 PM-3:00 PM) Contact Don Demas at 812-372-0774
    • Second St at Washington
  • Greencastle Area Life Chain (2:30 PM-3:30 PM) Contact Mary Howard at 317-539-5727 or Cathy Engle at 765-653-5678
    • Washington St at College Ave
  • Greensburg Area Life Chain (2:00-3:00 PM) Contact Patty Hensley at 812-614-4663
    • Along Lincoln Street
  • Milan Area Life Chain (3:00 PM-4:00 PM) Contact Ed King at 812-654-6502
    • Hwy 101 at Hwy 350
  • Terre Haute Area Life Chain Contact Tom McBroom at 812-841-0060
    • More details to follow

Annual Respect Life Awards

Each year, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis honors individuals at the annual Respect Life Sunday Mass.

The Archbishop O’Meara Respect Life Award honors an adult (or married couple) who demonstrates leadership in promoting the dignity and sanctity of human life in the parish community and in the Archdiocese.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Pro-Life Youth Award honors a high school student who demonstrates leadership in promoting the dignity and sanctity of human life in the parish community, school community, and in the Archdiocese.

Awardees should ...

  1. Demonstrate leadership in promoting the dignity and sanctity of human life in the parish community, school community, and in the Archdiocese.
  2. Witness to the intrinsic value of all human life through various respect life activities.

Note: While many respect life ministry initiatives address abortion, respect life also includes ministry to the terminally ill, handicapped, impoverished, neglected and marginalized.

Past Awardees

Recipients of the Archbishop O’Meara Respect Life Award

1983 Charles Stimming
1984 Dr. Paul Muller
1985 Gretta Noon
1986 Clara Green
1987 Barbara Hayes
1988 Dottie Wodraska
1989 Eva Westhafer
1990 Jim & Majorie Schmitz Teresa Trujillo de Aguayo
1991 Valerie Dillon
1992 Sister Marilyn Lipps, S.P
1993 Little Sisters of the Poor
1994 Dr. James & Linda Trippi
1995 Patricia & John Etling
1996 Father Larry Crawford
1997 Tom Pottratz
1998 Robert Alerding
1999 Joan Byrum
2000 Peggy Geis
2001 Winferd & Dorothy Moody
2002 Eileen Hartman
2003 Steve Martin
2004 Gerard Striby & Linda McCullough
2005 Karen Burkhart
2006 Norberto Aguayo & Maria
2007 Steve Hamilton
2009 Christopher Payne
2010 Patricia Yeadon
2011 Gayle Schrank
2012 Sandra Bierly
2013 Angela Walker
2014 Matt & Mary Keck
2015 Maria Hernandez

2016 James & Ann Recasner

Recipients of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Pro-Life Youth Award

2001 Catherine Beal
2002 Cullen Tierney
2003 Kim Buckley
2004 Jackie Appleman
2005 Jennifer Wulf
2006 Claire Stange
2007 Michael Padilla
2008 Sherry Bube
2009 Alea Bowling & Branden Stanley
2010 Alyssa Barnes
2011 Victoria Nondorf
2012 Patrick Stutz
2013 Mariajosé Maldonado
2014 Curtis Bouchie
2015 Grace Lundy

2016 Camille Woods

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