Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, right, congratulates Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell while presenting him 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 Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, and his wife Leslie; and Kathryn Suzio, executive director of Birthright in Meriden.
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 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. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)