Local Catholics will receive Champions for Life awards

Laura Elm, pictured in this 2019 file photo, will receive a Champions for Life award Jan. 22 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in St. Paul for her efforts in founding and leading Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter. DAVE HRBACEK | THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT

Emilee Wondra, a student at the University of St. Thomas, is working to build a culture of life on her St. Paul campus. For this, she will be recognized with a St. John Paul II Champions for Life Award, an initiative of the Office of Marriage, Family and Life of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Wondra and four others go to receive their awards at the annual Prayer for Life service at 10:30 a.m. on January 22 at St. concerned with life.

The other four winners are Anne McMahon, Catherine and Donald Wagner, and Laura Elm, on behalf of her organization, Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter.

Wondra won the young adult award. She is a member of the Students for Human Life group at the University of St. Thomas. She helped organize prayer rallies at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, raised awareness of pro-life issues on campus by bringing in pro-life speakers, and recruited students to join the organization. She is a member of St. Mark in St. Paul.

McMahon won the adult individual award. Chair of the Respect Life committee at her parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Minnetonka, she helps organize pro-life activities at the parish and has led the Divine Mercy Rosary for pro-life intentions after daily Mass for more than eight years. She also organizes giveaways and donations to a local pregnancy resource center.

The Wagners won the adult couple award. Catherine has been president of the Caring for Life community in their parish, St. Joseph in West St. Paul, for about eight years. She organizes a group of parishioners who participate in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. Don leads the parish group Food Drive, which conducts quarterly collections of food, hygiene items and cash that are donated to a local food shelf.

Elm won the Adult Group Award for her ongoing work as the founder of Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter, which facilitates the burial of embryos that die in in vitro fertilization labs and would otherwise be disposed of as medical waste. She reaches out to IVF facilities to facilitate burials and tries to educate people and pray for the lives lost and those involved in IVF. She is a member of St. Peter in Mendota.

Keywords: Abortion, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Champions for Life, Office of Marriage Family and Life, Pro-Life, St. John Paul II Champions for Life

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