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Cambridge Woman Receives Pro-Life Award



LINCOLN (NECC/SNR) Sondra Jonson, a long-time pro-life advocate in her church, community and region, was recently honored with the 2011 "Gospel of Life" award for the Diocese of Lincoln.

The award was initiated in 2007 by the state office of the Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities to recognize Catholic individuals for exemplary efforts to promote the Gospel of Life in their parish and community. One individual is chosen annually from each of the three Catholic dioceses of Nebraska.

The award, which includes a Papal blessing, was presented to Ms. Jonson at the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life conference banquet held Oct. 15 at the University of Nebraska East Campus Union in Lincoln. The award was presented by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln and Mr. Greg Schleppenbach, state director of the Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro Life Activities.

According to Mr. Schleppenbach, "Ms. Jonson has been actively involved in her parish, St. John in Cambridge, as a pro-life coordinator for many years, initiating a variety of educational, pastoral and prayer activities.

"And she passionately strives to involve young people in pro-life activities," he continued. "Serving as a high school catechist since 2007, Sondra has incorporated many pro-life activities into her teaching, including taking students to pray at the abortion center in Lincoln, to the annual Walk for Life, and to the Matt Talbot kitchen to serve meals to the homeless."

"Sondra’s pro-life leadership extends beyond her parish," Mr. Schleppenbach said. "She has organized regional pro-life presentations in McCook, placed ads for Project Rachel in her local paper and organized pro-life billboards in the Cambridge area. And as a professional sculptor, Sondra produced a ‘Rachel Weeping’ statue about 10 years ago which serves as a beautiful symbol for Project Rachel, the Church’s outreach of hope and healing to post-abortive women and men."

"Sondra’s leadership and passionate commitment to the pro-life cause and to young people in particular is inspiring and exceptional," Schleppenbach said. "With this award we honor and thank Sondra for her tireless efforts to build a civilization of life and love."

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