Around the Diocese: October 9, 2016

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades addresses a large group of pro-life supporters on the evening of Sept. 28 at Statewood Baptist Church, across the street from the former abortion clinic on Inwood Drive in Fort Wayne. The evening gathering, organized by Allen County Right To Life, was to remember the more than 20,000 babies who died at the hands of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer in Allen County, and to give thanks for the indefinite suspension of Klopfer’s license to practice in Indiana. The group also prayed that Allen County would remain free of abortions. — Joe Romie

USF group helps homeless through pottery

FORT WAYNE — The University of Saint Francis Empty Bowls group is partnering with a local homeless shelter to raise money to assist homeless families in the Fort Wayne area.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by USF students, faculty, staff and friends to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end homelessness in the community. On Friday, Oct. 14, the group is gathering to throw, trim and glaze over 300 ceramic bowls that will be donated to Just Neighbors: Interfaith Homeless Network, Fort Wayne’s only emergency shelter serving homeless families, for their “Just Dinner” event. The dinner will be held Nov. 12 at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants in the event will receive one of the ceramic pieces made by Empty Bowls.

All funds raised at “Just Dinner” will benefit Just Neighbors. This is the fourth year that USF and Just Neighbors have partnered through an Empty Bowls project.

Evangelium Vitae Medal awarded 

NOTRE DAME — The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2017 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, said: “We are proud to award this medal to the Jerome Lejeune Foundation to honor them for their inspiring commitment to serve the most vulnerable — and often least valued — among us and, through their compassionate work around the world, to build a culture of life and love.”

Jerome Lejeune, born in 1926 in Montrouge, France, established the first specialized clinic for Down syndrome patients at Necker Children’s Hospital near Paris. In 1958, while studying chromosomes linked to Down syndrome, he discovered an unexpected third chromosome on the 21st pair, a genetic abnormality he named trisomy 21. This discovery was the first to link an intellectual disability to a genetic cause. Lejeune also conducted pioneering research into trisomy 18 and trisomies on the eighth and ninth chromosomal pairs.

The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal is a lifetime achievement award given to heroes of the pro-life movement, honoring individuals whose efforts have served to steadfastly affirm and defend the sanctity of human life from its earliest stages.

Announced annually on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday of October, the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae award consists of a specially commissioned medal and $10,000 prize, to be presented at a banquet that will be held at Notre Dame on April 29.

The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture believes that the truth that the Church affirms about the human person is the foundation for freedom, justice, human dignity and the common good. The center brings the University’s voice into the public discussion of the most vital issues of our day.

At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Fort Wayne, preschoolers helped make bologna and cheese sandwiches for the homeless in Sharen Gall’s preschool classes. Gall, pictured, talked to her students about people who have no homes and said this is one way to help them.
Gall takes part in the group Catholics on a Mission, made up of Catholic laity and the Franciscan Brothers Minor, which hands out food and other necessities to the homeless every other Tuesday at a location near the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception downtown.

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