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Schleppenbach to be honored

Story by S.L. Hansen

OMAHA (SNR) – Greg Schleppenbach, former executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference and now associate director for the pro-life secretariat at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will receive the Gospel of Life Award at the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life Dinner and Banquet.

Scheduled for  Friday, Sept. 23, at the Creighton University Harper Center in Omaha, the dinner is part of the “Made in His Image: Human Dignity in a Secular World” conference.

“Honoring Greg with the Gospel of Life award is our small way of offering an enormous thank you for all the work he has done and will continue to do for the Gospel of Life,” said Tom Venzor, who was named Schleppenbach’s successor as executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference Aug. 25.

Schleppenbach served the Nebraska Catholic Conference for 25 years. He was initially appointed director of the Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activity. In that capacity, he created and worked with a statewide network of parish pro-life coordinators, established a statewide post-abortion healing program called Project Rachel, provided public education on a variety of pro-life topics, and regularly lobbied local, state, and federal government representatives.

Schleppenbach later served as executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference and continued to oversee and guide many of the pro-life efforts he helped to form over the years.

“Greg has been an invaluable disciple of the Gospel of Life in Nebraska,” Venzor said. “Greg’s pro-life efforts and accomplishments have always been driven by the Holy Spirit, with a true focus on defending the unborn and assisting mothers and families in need.”

Venzor added, “Greg is incredibly loved and respected, far and wide, across our state.”

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