Joe Scheidler was honored with the Gratiam Dei Award at the Catholic Press annual banquet, held at the Flossmore Country Club in Flossmore, IL September 13. Catholic Press president Fr. Michael Gilligan praised Scheidler for his uncompromising pro-life witness, especially during the 17-year ordeal of NOW v. Scheidler.
Joe Scheidler and Fr. Michael Gilligan [Photo by EJS]
Other congratulations were offered by Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry, who offered the dinner blessing and Archdiocesan Respect Life Coordinator Mary-Louise Kurey, who read a statement by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. NOW v. Scheidler lead attorney Thomas Brejcha spoke on the great significance of the court victory and offered a moving encomium for his most famous client.