Three individuals and a center that helps women and their unborn children are this year's recipients of the Green Bay Diocese's Gaudium et Spes award for their commitment to social justice and service to others.
The awards will be presented May 3.
Recipients of the 14th annual Gaudium et Spes are:
Francis Van Lieshout, MD, Appleton, who is being honored for devotion in caring for others in a Christian manner. Those who nominated him said "He demonstrates a strong respect for life and has been active in advocating for the dignity of all persons, in making presentations in schools, in service to those who are poor, in Catholic health care, and in a ministry of care and compassion that has touched several generations of families." He is a member of St. Bernadette Parish, Appleton.
Nancy and Bill Mathias, De Pere, who are being honored for their strong commitment to Catholic social justice. He is a professional counselor and she is student life leader. They are active in the St. Norbert College Parish Peace and Justice Committee, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads Center and campus service projects.
Mother and Unborn Baby Care, Fox Cities Area, represented by Gerald Saindon, director, which helps mothers and infants in need. Its free services include chastity/abstenence counseling, pregnancy testing and counseling, financial and emotional support during pregnancy, material assistance after the baby is born, referrals, education on sexually transmitted diseases and alternatives to abortion, and adoption information.
Since 1989, the Diocese of Green Bay has honored persons or groups who best represent the spirit of the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, (The Church in the Modern World). In bestowing this award, the diocese recognizes those who, by their care, compassion and prophetic action, bear witness to the spirit of Gaudium et Spes.
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