Archbishop Leonard P. Blair congratulates Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, his wife Leslie and their children after presenting the couple with the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Pro-Life Award at the annual Respect Life Mass on Oct. 11 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
Also receiving the award during the liturgy were Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell and Kathryn Suzio, executive director of Birthright of Meriden. The award is named for Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a physician, working mother, professional woman and wife who sacrificed her life to preserve the life of her child.
The Mass is dedicated to all those devoted to promoting awareness for the respect of all life from conception to natural death.
At the Mass, new parish pro-life representatives were commissioned for the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Archbishop Blair presented them with blessed candles.
The Catholic Church celebrates Respect Life Month in October every year as a way of defending the dignity of the person through prayer, education and service.
The observance coincides with the 40 Days for Life national campaign, which began in late September and will continue through Nov. 1. It focuses on prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils to end abortion. For information about local vigils cal: 203-745-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)