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Red Cloud woman receives pro-life award

LINCOLN (SNR) — Bonita English of Sacred Heart Parish in Red Cloud, a dedicated pro-life advocate in her church, community and region, was recently honored with the 2013 “Gospel of Life” award for the Diocese of Lincoln.

The “Gospel of Life” 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 Mrs. English at the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life conference banquet held Oct. 3 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.  The award was presented by Bishop James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln and Greg Schleppenbach, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference.

English has been the pro-life coordinator for her parish for more than 30 years. Each year she helps organize the annual Life Chain in Red Cloud, which brings together people from a variety of churches in the community to publicly proclaim the dignity of human life and then organizes a fellowship gathering that follows the Life Chain.

Bonnie organizes a rosary for life before weekend Masses which always concludes with a prayer to St. Michael for the conversion of abortionists. She sees to it that pro-life information and events are regularly included in the parish bulletin.

Every Advent Season or on the feast of the Epiphany, English coordinates a baby shower to collect necessary items for mothers in need.  She is also a long-time member of the Legion of Mary.

Father Paul Frank, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Red Cloud, said, “Bonnie demonstrates a great capacity for love and empathy toward others.

“She derives that love and empathy from God’s direction,” he said, “through a deep prayer life as she daily attends Mass and prays the rosary.” 

“In all of my years as the state director of pro-life activities,” Schleppenbach said, “I have known Bonnie to be an exemplary and active parish pro-life coordinator.” 

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