2011 PEOPLE OF LIFE AWARDS GO TO DOCTOR, DIOCESAN LEADER, INTERNATIONAL ADVOCATE

Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a statement distributed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

WASHINGTON–A doctor, a diocesan leader and an international advocate received the 2011 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement, during an August 8 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Atlanta. The honorees were Joanne Angelo, MD, Mimi Eckstein and Magaly Llaguno. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented the awards. Over 100 diocesan, state and national Catholic pro-life leaders from across the country attended the private awards dinner at the conference, sponsored by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

The People of Life Award recognizes those who have answered the call outlined by Pope John Paul II in The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, 1995) by dedicating themselves to pro-life activities and promoting respect for the dignity of the human person. It is bestowed to a practicing Catholic in honor of his or her significant contributions in service to the culture of life.

As a physician, researcher and mentor, Dr. Angelo has been an advocate for post-abortion healing and a defender of the elderly and dying. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Angelo has published extensively throughout her clinical practice in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has taught at Cornell, Harvard and Tufts medical schools. She has served as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts from 1974 to the present. Dr. Angelo has held leadership positions in several medical societies, as well as in University Faculty for Life and Women Affirming Life. For 14 years, she has served as a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Mary Katherine “Mimi” Eckstein currently directs the Gabriel Project of the Archdiocese of Denver, where she served for 20 years as the director of the Respect Life office. During her tenure, she earned a master’s degree in psychology from the Denver Seminary, strengthened the network of parish respect life representatives, and instituted key pastoral, educational and liturgical initiatives. The Gabriel Project is a parish-based outreach program that pairs pregnant women in need with parishioners who accompany them throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

During her tenure as director, she also introduced Project Rachel, the Church’s post-abortion ministry for women and men seeking healing and reconciliation.

Magaly Llaguno is an international advocate for life. She has been active in pro-life work since 1972, when she founded Comite Pro Vida Internacional, which later became Vida Humana Internacional (VHI), the Hispanic division of Human Life International. Ms. Llaguno has lead VHI in bringing the pro-life message to countless Hispanics worldwide through international conferences, printed materials, TV, internet and a live radio program on EWTN. VHI provides assistance, training and educational materials to its 26 affiliated organizations in 18 countries and information to over 200 pro-life collaborators throughout Latin America. Llaguno’s writings have appeared in major publications, and she has been on both radio and TV. …

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