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"We are a people of life because God, in his unconditional love, has given us the Gospel of Life . . . and we are called to act accordingly."
-Pope John Paul II, Gospel of Life
The "People of Life" award is presented to individuals who have consistently answered this call of the Gospel of Life. Recipients are recognized because, through their personal or professional contributions, they have demonstrated their lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement, to promoting respect for the dignity of the human person, and to advocacy for an end to the culture of death in this nation.
The "People of
Life" Award is bestowed on occasion to a practicing Catholic in honor of his
or her significant contribution in service to the culture of life. In particular,
recipients of this award work humbly, without
fanfare, seeking no recognition, which makes them even more deserving of this
The staff of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life
Activities compiles a list of nominees based on the criteria above, and selects
final award recipients from this list.
"People of Life" is the Pro-Life Action
Campaign of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. "People of Life"
was launched by the Catholic bishops to encourage those willing to stand
together as a people of life and speak against the destruction of human life
with one voice.
This award recognizes Catholics who exemplify the call by Pope John Paul II in The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, 1995) to dedicate themselves to pro-life activities and promoting respect for the dignity of the human person. Visit our People of Life campaign for more information.
Monsignor Joseph A. Ranieri
Coordinator, Pastoral Care of Priests
Archdiocese of Washington
Janice Benton, OFS
Executive Director, National Catholic Partnership on Disability
James Joseph Hanson (awarded posthumously)
President, Patient Rights Action Fund
Michael J. Brescia, M.D.
Pro-Life Physician and Health Care Advocate
Former Director, Respect Life Ministry Archdiocese Atlanta
Fr. L. William Carmody (awarded posthumously)
Director, Respect Life Office Diocese of Colorado Springs
Nancy Valko, RN, ALNC
Pro-Life Advocate & Nurse
Chastity & Pro-Life Advocate
Dr. Michael Taylor
Executive Director, Emeritus
National Committee for a Human Life Amendment
Former Associate for Social Concerns
Florida Catholic Conference
Little Sisters of the Poor
Dedicated to Serving the Elderly and Vulnerable
George Wesolek (awarded posthumously)
Former Director, Public Policy and Social Concerns
Archdiocese of San Francisco, California
Frances X. Hogan, Esq.
Member, Pontifical Academy for Life
Co-founder, Women Affirming Life
Sr. Jane Marie Klein
Advocate for Authentic Catholic Health Care & Conscience Rights
Chair of the Board, Franciscan Alliance
Former Director, Pro-Life Office and Project Rachel Archdiocese of Boston
Vincent Rue, PhD
Co-founder, Institute for Pregnancy Loss
Joanna Angelo, MD
Former Member, Pontifical Academy for Life
Mary Katherine Eckstein
Director, Gabriel Project of Archdiocese of Denver
Former Director, Respect Life Office of Archdiocese of Denver
Dr. William E. May
Senior Fellow, Culture of Life Foundation
Monsignor Philip Reilly
Founder, Helpers of God's Precious Infants
Former Director, Respect Life Office
Diocese of Rockford, Illinois
Student Leader Award
Director of Pro-Life Hospitality, Catholic University of America
Former President, Students for Life, Catholic University of America
Hanna Klaus, M.D.
Natural Family Planning Center of Washington, D.C.
Founder, TeenSTAR Program
Advocate and Witness on behalf of the Gospel of Life
Founder, Project Rachel
Executive Director, National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing
Carolyn Brown-Davis (awarded posthumously)
Advocate, Organizer and Witness on behalf of the Gospel of Life to the African American, African and Caribbean Communities
Retired Director of the Respect Life Office
Director of Project Rachel, Diocese of Little Rock
Ralph Miech, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology, Founding Member, Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics
Speaker, Author, Advisor and Expert Witness on Life Issues
Dr. John Bruchalski, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Founder, Director, Divine Mercy Care and Tepeyac Family Center
Retired Director of the Respect Life Office, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Thomas J. Marzen (awarded posthumously)
Former Director, National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled
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