to our 2012 Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship
Pro-Life Wisconsin congratulates our 2012
Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship winners,
Sarah Zelenak of Appleton and Angelyn Von
Rueden of Milwaukee.
Sarah was very active in local PLW
activities through her Appleton Xavier High
School Rock4Life club. She will be attending
Marian University in Fond du Lac.
Angelyn participated in PLW activities with
her family, church and her homeschool
pro-life club, Voices of the Holy Innocents.
Angelyn will attend either Benedictine
College or Belmont Abbey.
Both young women are active in 40 Days for
Life, support crisis pregnancy
centers, care for the elderly, LifeChain,
the Silent Day of Solidarity and the
Washington, D.C. March or Life. Both look
forward to continue working with Pro-Life
Wisconsin as they advocate on their college
campuses and in communities.
Virginia Zignego spoke to 7th and 8th
graders on Wednesday, May 16 about abortion
and the dignity of the human person at St.
Margaret Mary School in Milwaukee (image,
left). This was just one of dozens of talks
given throughout the year by our Speakers
Our Speakers Bureau consists of physicians,
lawyers, and other professionals with the
expertise to educate your parish or
organization about the full range of
pro-life topics. Topics range from chastity,
purity, natural family planning and moral
problems with contraception, to embryonic
stem cell research, end-of-life legal
concerns and ethics, to Planned Parenthood's
sexualization of children to morality and
medical ethics, to reproductive technology,
to pro-life activism, getting your parish
involved, reaching out to the next
generation of pro-lifers and more.
Check out our list of speakers here.
Email us at email@example.com if you
would like us to speak at your school,
parish or group!
On May 16, Fr. Norman U. Weslin O. S. passed
away at the age of 81. Fr. Weslin was the
founder of Lambs of Christ.
Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Peggy Hamill
reflected on her interaction with Fr. Weslin
over the past 20 years. "What a blessing it was,
on many occasions, to be in the presence of Fr.
Weslin. Whether it was in public at our local
March for Life, at a private mass in a friend's
home or praying outside a local abortuary,
he gently shepherded by example. His selfless
sacrifice on behalf of the preborn was
exemplified by his holiness and his actions. The
last of his frequent visits to Wisconsin that I
recall was when he humbly joined our office
volunteers in assembling our newsletter. We will
all treasure his greeting that day, ‘God love
you all'. God Love you Father Weslin and may you
rest in peace."
Funeral arrangements for Fr. Norman U.
Weslin O.S. can be found here.
Chicago's Archbishop: Obama will 'steal' or close
down all Catholic hospitals within two years
From Business Insider:
Barack Obama's hometown Archbishop, Cardinal
George, has issued a dire warning: if Obama's
regulations on health insurance are allowed to
stand, all Catholic hospitals and schools will
be destroyed through fines, sold-off to
non-Catholics, or closed down within two years.
He says that the Church will be "despoiled of
her institutions" be stripped of its "voice in
public life," because Obama's regulations of
health insurance force Catholics to act against
The regulations which go into effect next year
require religiously affiliated charities,
hospitals, and universities to purchase
insurance for their employees that includes
contraception, sterilization and 'morning after'
pills. For Catholics this amounts to "material
cooperation" with an objectively sinful act.
Francis Cardinal George wrote about the choices
Obama is forcing on the Church in his column
What will happen
if the HHS regulations are not rescinded? A
Catholic institution, so far as I can see
right now, will have one of four choices: 1)
secularize itself, breaking its connection to
the church, her moral and social teachings and
the oversight of its ministry by the local
bishop. This is a form of theft. It means the
church will not be permitted to have an
institutional voice in public life. 2) Pay
exorbitant annual fines to avoid paying for
insurance policies that cover abortifacient
drugs, artificial contraception and
sterilization. This is not economically
sustainable. 3) Sell the institution to a
non-Catholic group or to a local government.
4) Close down.
George has been warning of the state's intrusion
into religious affairs for a long time. In 2010
he predicted, “I expect to die in bed. My
successor will die in prison, and his successor
will die a martyr in the public square.”
Video of mom who refused abortion for disabled son
approaches staggering 10 million views
A video of a young mom who says she did the right
thing by choosing life for her severely disfigured
son has been viewed by almost 10 million people
around the world. The viewer count is shared
between YouTube, where the video has been watched
1.5 million times, GodVine, which has recorded 8
million views, and GodTube, where the video has
In her video Lacey Buchanan from Woodbury,
Tennessee chronicles the story of her baby
Christian, who was born with an extremely rare
condition known as Tessier cleft that caused
severe deformity of his mouth, soft palate, and
bony elements of his face. He was also born blind
with soft fleshy spots covering his eye sockets.
“This video is about my son Christian, and the
decision I made to give him life, when others were
telling me to abort him. He is an amazing little
boy who has God all over him and I want to share
him with the world!” she writes in the description
of the video.
In the low-key video made using her iphone, Lacey
holds up written messages to the camera. Christian
is resting on his mother’s chest with his back to
the camera. At the end of the video, a beaming
Lacey turns the sleeping Christian around for the
viewer to see him for the first time.
Lacey wrote on her blog that she was inspired to
make the video after watching a similar video on
YouTube about a young woman named Lizzie, who had
a rare syndrome that distorted her facial features
and interfered with her ability to gain weight.
Lizzie used flashcards to cover her face during
the video and only revealed her face at the end.
“This video inspired me so much because I can
relate to knowing how it feels to look different,”
wrote Lacey on her blog. “It may not be me that
looks different, but the stares at my son hurt no
less than if they were at me. I thought about how
devastated I would be if someone said something to
my Christian like they said to Lizzie, that the
world would be better without him in it.”
The judgmental comments and stares that Lacey and
her son received when they travelled together in
public is what convinced the mom to make a video
that showed people how seeing through the eyes of
love can change everything.
Sawyer County Affiliate (Hayward) - Queen of
Peace, Protector of Life - will be again be
offering offering the 'Cemetery of the
Innocents' display of 400 crosses representing
the thousands of daily abortions in the USA. In
addition, we have a new display of fetal models
consisting of 13 models, 5-35 weeks gestation
and one newborn. These are professional grade,
soft-touch models that can be handled, and are
available all year, with or without the crosses.
They're suitable for all ages. For more
information call Bob Ornberg at 715-699-1287 or
check out our new Facebook page at
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co. prays at Planned
Parenthood in Delavan, WI. Signs are provided.
Contact Phil Cullen for info - 262-742-3299.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County gathers for prayer
witness every Monday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at
Family Planning Health Services, 522 State Road
82 # F, in Mauston. Please call Richard Irwin,
(608) 565-6706, for more information. They meet
every second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch
Public Library in Mauston at 7 p.m. in the
Pro-Life Wisconsin Marathon County prays the Rosary
once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family
Planning Health Services. Call Ron Putzer at
(715) 842-5368 to confirm date.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Fond du Lac County prays in front of
Planned Parenthood, 333 N. Peters Ave., Fond du
Lac, on the second Saturday of the month from
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During 40 Days For Life
which begins February 22, we will be
Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood Through
Mary on Tuesdays 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and
Thursdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For information,
call Ann at (920) 921-6062 or Julie (920)
923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also said at 8:30
a.m. before the 9 a.m. Mass each Saturday at St.
Mary's Church, Marquette St. at E. Merrill Ave.,
Fond du Lac.
Vigil for Life-PLW Dane County has a perpetual
presence on the sidewalks in front of Madison's
Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin
Road, Madison, WI 53704). Each day that Planned
Parenthood is open for business (every week
day), 2 people (at least!) will be scheduled to
be present on the sidewalk. The times and days
are as follows: Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 11
a.m.; Thursday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday, 1pm
- 3pm. Individuals or groups are needed to sign
up for these 2-hour shifts, especially on a
monthly basis. You may also "stop by." Those
interested should click
here to view the online scheduling
calendar or contact affiliate leader Laura
Karlen at (608) 445-2064 or email
Pro-Life Wisconsin Chippewa Valley prays and gives
public witness against abortion and
contraception outside the Eau Claire Planned
Parenthood (1231 Menomonie St.) every Thursday
from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Saturday of
the month at 11 a.m.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee County gathers regularly on
Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion
center, 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee,
between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. SIDEWALK
COUNSELORS ARE NEEDED! If you can come pray or
counsel women entering the abortuary, please
contact Peggy Hamill, (262) 796-1111, or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Outagamie County invites you to love
your preborn neighbor as yourself, by going out
to the places where abortions are sold and
committed. Please plan to come and sidewalk
counsel (beside the driveway), pray and witness
with signs at Planned Parenthood Appleton North
on 3800 N. Gillett St.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Waukesha County will join other
pro-lifers for monthly prayer in front of the
Planned Parenthood in Waukesha, 426 W. Main St.
Prayer gatherings will be held the fourth
Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Kenosha has consecrated our
fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus
through Mary. We pray every Saturday at 11 a.m.
in front of the Planned Parenthood facility,
located at Roosevelt Road and 36th Avenue in
Kenosha. Please come and pray the Rosary, the
Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and other prayers with
us. For more information contact Karie Kinzler
at email@example.com or at (262) 656-0301.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Rock County members daily
praise and thank God for the January 13, 2012
permanent closure of the Rockford, IL abortion
mill. Chapter members meet monthly (except
June, July, August) in St. Jude's Hall, Beloit,
WI. The Spiritually Adopt-A-Baby
initiative resumed March 24/25 at St. Jude/St.
Thomas parishes, praying daily for nine months
for pre-born babies. If you'd like
information regarding this, contact Charlene
Tolmie 608-362-3406 or Sister Rosalia Bauer
Witness for Life: Each Thursday, St.
Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha will offer 8am
Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to the
nearby Planned Parenthood. St. Mary's is
located at 7307 40th Avenue, Kenosha. For more
information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or
Laura at 262-358-0705.
The Wausua 40 Days for Life group will continue
their prayer vigil by meeting the first
Thursdays of the month, May through August. We
will meet at Family Planning Health Services,
719 N 3rd Avenue in Wausau at 3 pm. Please join
us in prayer to be a public witness for the
unborn and for mothers to make the right choice.
Kneel for Life: Capitol Campaign meets Wednesdays
at the Capitol from 1-2pm. We try to precede
with Mass at St. Patrick's at 12:10, then we
walk over from there. Our purpose is to be a
peaceful, joyful presence praying to tear down
the evil strongholds present there and be an
encouragement for the pro-life
legislators/staff. We pray the Rosary, Chaplet
of Mercy and St. Michael prayer as we walk in
twos or independently, throughout the Capitol.
The third Monday of every month All Saints
Catholic Church in Berlin says a Rosary for
life at the church's monument for the unborn
after a 5:15p.m. Mass. Everyone welcome.
pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parishmeets
to pray every Thursday evening from6-6:30
p.m. at the West Bend Planned Parenthood, 532
Shepherd’s Drive, West Bend, WI. Located on
the West end of town, approximately 1-1/2
miles west of Hwy 45 on West Washington Street
(aka: Highway 33) in West Bend. It is in a
shopping mall on the north-side of the street.
We are on the sidewalk.
Holy Hour for the Unborn: St. John the
Evangelist Parish, 8500 W. Cold Spring Rd.,
Greenfield, Wis. We come together every fourth
Wednesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to
pray for the end of abortion. The church has 24
hours of Adoration seven days a week. Contact
Kathy Knaack with questions,
Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org. Cenacles of Life meets every
Saturday morning at St. Pius X Catholic Church
in Cambridge at 8:30 am to pray two rosaries for
an end to the culture of death.
meets at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Chapel, 108
McHenry St, Burlington, WI every Wednesday at 6
p.m., and recites the second oral Rosary in the
main body of the church, finishing at 7:15 p.m. Cenacles
meets every Saturday morning at 6:45 a.m. to
pray two Rosaries for pro-life intentions before
the 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church
in Pine Bluff, west of Madison.
The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a prayer vigil
every Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids on
8th St. by the Shopko mall to pray for the
closing of the Planned Parenthood. If you have
any questions contact Will Goodman at (608)
The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a prayer vigil
every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Stevens Point in
front of the strip mall next to Family Video to
pray for the closing of Family Planning Health
Services. State Director Peggy Hamill will join
them in prayer this Wednesday, March 28. If you
have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715)
If you enjoy
receiving the Monday Update every week, please consider
donating to Pro-Life Wisconsin’s life-saving work. For your
convenience, credit card donations are accepted by phone,
(262) 796-1111 or toll-free (877) GOD’S WILL or use our
secure online donation form. Thank you for your generosity!