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Real Life Heroes: Leif and Karen Arvidson


Leif and Karen Arvidson are passionate people. Whether serving the Church in Japan as missionaries, catechizing others, or praying outside an abortion clinic, they don’t do anything half way.

From the beginning of their marriage, which has been blessed with eight children, Mr. Arvidson and his wife, Karen, have been dedicated to the mission of the Catholic Church. Shortly after their marriage, they served for nearly two years as Catholic lay missionaries in Japan. Following their time overseas, the Arvidsons were very active in the Diocese of Madison, where they were involved in pro-life work, served at the local food pantry, facilitated Eucharistic adoration, prepared adults for the reception of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, and helped couples prepare for celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.

In 2010, Cardinal Raymond Burke named Leif Arvidson as the Executive Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since then, the Shrine has become a focal point for pro-life activity in the La Crosse area, with many rallies, prayer vigils, and other events held at the Shrine’s beautiful Memorial to the Unborn.

In 2013, Leif and Karen made a discovery that left them saddened and angry. Karen, who was pregnant with the Arvidson’s eigth child, went to Franciscan-Mayo hospital in La Crosse for a routine 20-week ultrasound. The nurse on duty quickly noted that the ultrasound revealed a small hole in the baby’s heart—a symptom consistent with potential Down syndrome. When the Arvidson’s doctor entered the room, he explained the risks and quickly recommended an abortion. The Arvidsons were shocked and confused. Franciscan-Mayo was supposed to be a Catholic hospital. Why was a doctor at a Catholic hospital recommending they kill their own child? Later, the Arvidsons discovered that their doctor was actually an abortionist.

Thus began a multi-year journey of the Arvidsons leading a campaign to expose Franciscan-Mayo for employing a practicing abortion doctor. Protests were organized, media coverage exploded, meetings were held with hospital leadership, and Bishop William Callhan of the La Crosse Diocese weighed in—all due to the Arvidson's courageous efforts.

While the situation at Franciscan-Mayo is still developing, the Arvidsons have showed tremendous leadership in the La Crosse pro-life community, mobilizing many in their area to act on their pro-life convictions. Even more than their activism, however, the Arvidsons are a couple that are truly living and embracing a culture of life, welcoming eight beautiful children into the world. Meet and celebrate this courageous couple at our Living Courage Awards Dinner on April 16 in La Crosse! 
Honor the Arvidsons! Register now!

Pro-Life Minute No. 10 - Trumpeting the Truth

Dan Miller  talks about sharing the truth with others, and offers a special performance! 
Watch Now

It's This Thursday!

For over 15 years, Peggy Hamill has served Pro-Life Wisconsin, first as a board member and then as State Director. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of lives have been saved due to her faithful work. Pro-Life Wisconsin would not have the impact we do today without her courageous leadership!

Now, we are celebrating Peggy's legacy! Join us on Thursday, March 19, at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha to thank Peggy and wish her a happy retirement. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Heavy hors d'oeuvres and coffee will be served. A cash bar will be available. RSVP by TOMORROW, March 17. at 9 a.m. Call our office at 262-796-1111 ext 10! 

If you wish to thank Peggy with a gift, she has requested that donations be made to the Hamill Love in Action Fund

Pro-Life News

  1. Alveda King: Abortion has killed 55 million voters
  2. Planned Parenthood calls 9-1-1 as abortionist perforates uterus 
  3. Supreme Court send Notre Dame's case against the contraception mandate back to court 
  4. Man tricks girlfriend into abortion with abortion-pill smoothie
  5. Christianity Today praises Margaret Sanger, contraception
  6. Abortion more important to Democrats than saving women from sex-slavery
  7. Clinic worker's phone call reveals Planned Parenthood's dishonesty
  8. Pro-lifer describes pro-abortion campaign against crisis pregnancy centers
  9. Pro-life Mexicans use U.S. style protests to fight the culture of death

Affiliate Announcements

Join our Affiliates and Others for 40 Days for Life Vigils Throughout the State!

Milwaukee 40 Days for Life - February 18-March 29 outside the Affiliated Medical Services abortion facility at 1428 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee. For more details, contact September @ 262-751-0142

Eau Claire 40 Days for Life - February 18-March 29 outside Planned Parenthood 1231 Menomonie Street, Eau Claire. For More information, call Matt at 715 -404 -5422

Green Bay 40 Days for Life - February 18-March 29 outside Planned Parenthood 2605 South Oneida Street, Green Bay. For more information, contact Jim Ball at 920-436-9882

Medford 40 Days for Life - February 18-March 29 outside Family Planning Health Services 153 South 2nd Street, Medford.

Stevens Point 40 Days for Life -February 18-March 29 outside Family Planning Health Services 200 Division Street, Suite K, Stevens Point. For more information, contact Dave at

Wausau 40 Days for Life - February 18-March 29 outside Family Planning Health Services 719 North 3rd Avenue, Wausau.
More Affiliate Activites

Courtesy Announcements

"God's Not Dead" Showing - The highly acclaimed movie “God’s Not Dead” is showing at the historic Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave. on the square in downtown Baraboo, Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m. It is being sponsored by Baraboo, St. Joseph Catholic Parish, S.A.L.T. (Salt And Light Together) Ministry. It is open to the public, anyone can attend. There will not be an admission charge, though Free-Will offerings will be accepted to benefit the “Women’s Care Center” in Madison, which is located directly across the street from a Planned Parenthood, that performs abortions. 


Milwaukee Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women Convention (MACCW) -  ‘BE THE VOICE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN, Celebrating 95 Years in Song and Prayer” at the Cousins Center on April 17 and 18, 2015. Join us on Friday April 17, at 5 pm for a social hour followed by a Banquet and entertainment. Saturday features speakers Anna and Nancy who invite you to their “Be Love” tour. Mass with Bishop Sklba follows. Cost for Saturday is $30.00 and includes lunch and materials or $55.00 for both days – a savings of $5.00!  Vendors will be present both days and opportunities to win raffle baskets. Make checks payable to MACCW and send to P.O. Box 259, Muskego, WI  53150.  Registration forms are available on our website at under events or call Jean Kelly @ 262-797-0937 for more information. 

More Courtesy Announcements

March 16, 2015



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