Awards Bestowed

During 2010, I was one of the recipients of the Vatican’s highest medal for healthcare workers–the Good Samaritan Medal. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council of Healthcare Workers, bestowed the medal on me at the 5th of September 2010 closing Mass of the Pope Paul VI Institute’s 25th anniversary celebration. The Good Samaritan Medal is awarded to “those who serve the sick and the suffering in an exceptional way” (from rcdow.org.uk). As Archbishop Zimowski bestowed the medal on my wife, Sue, and me, he said, “With God’s grace and the commitment of the management, staff, and supporters, the Institute has educated practitioners, instructors, supervisors, educators, nurses, medical consultants, clergy and religious, and of course touched the lives of many mothers and families.” He lauded the efforts of the Institute–its sometimes solitary efforts–in building a culture of life in women’s health care.

On April 8th, 2011, during a ceremony at our largest-ever Education Phase, I was presented by our FertilityCareTM Educator Janina Filipczuk with the Fides et Ratio medal, which was awarded to me on the 19th of March 2011 by the Polish Catholic Scholars Guild. Janina, who received the award for me in Warsaw, was also a recipient of the award for introducing NaProTechnology to Poland. This award is given by “the Polish Catholic Scholar’s Guild for the promotion of goodness and beauty in the world” and for service to the human person and human dignity. In our spring 2011 issue of “Building a Culture of Life in Women’s Healthcare” newsletter, we have comments from Archbishop Henryk Hoser from the award ceremony.

Pope Paul VI Institute Celebrates 25 Years ~ Celebrate Love & Life

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This year, the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction–the home of FertilityCareTM and NaProTechnology–celebrates its 25th anniversary! Over Labor Day weekend, many staff, former employees, patients, friends and benefactors of the Institute joined together for a weekend of festivities here in Omaha.

Preceeding the festivities, we held a two day-long conference series. On Thursday, September 2nd, intellectuals and moral theologians presented on the pastoral directives in Pope Paul VI’s life-changing encyclical Humanae Vitae. On Friday, September 3rd, medical professionals from around the world and other interested lay people attended an international conference on the new women’s health science of NaProTechnology.

The culmination of the weekend was Saturday’s Family Fun Day. Families and friends of the Institute enjoyed inflatables, pony rides, a fire truck and smoke trailer, a police car, face painting, clowns, music, unicyclists, arcade games, testimonials, book signings, and much more! A tiered birthday cake and a drum battle between Dr. Hilgers and two of his sons crowned the day’s events!

Saturday evening was marked by a special reception and gala banquet. Raymond Arroyo, a newscaster on Eternal World Television Network and author of best-selling novels on Mother Angelica, gave a lively and enlightening talk. The weekend also included two special Masses, an opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali and a closing Mass celebrated by Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski.

For coverage on the weekend’s events, visit Zenit and search for “NaProTechnology” and for “Zimowski” (articles range in dates from September 2, 2010 through September 11, 2010).

Celebrate Love & Life

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This year, the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction–the home of FertilityCareTM and NaProTechnology–celebrates its 25th anniversary! We have festivities planned for this occasion in September. The Labor Day Weekend Celebration of Love & Lfe will be held here in Omaha, Nebraska, where the Institute was founded. There will be two day-long conferences preceeding the celebration.

On Thursday, September 2nd, we will hold the first-ever conference on the Pastoral Directives of Humanae Vitae. On Friday, September 3rd, medical professionals and other interested lay people can attend an international conference on the new women’s health science of NaProTechnology.

The culmination of the weekend will be Saturday’s Family Fun Day. The day of free fun to celebrate the 25th anniversary will have activities for the whole family including inflatables, pony rides, a fire truck and smoke trailer, a police car, face painting, clowns, music, unicyclists, arcade games, testimonials, book signings, and much more!

Saturday evening, there will be a special reception and gala banquet. The weekend will also start and end with two special Masses.

An amazing line-up of speakers are scheduled for the event. For more information, check out the Institute’s web site dedicated to The Labor Day Weekend Celebration of Love & Life: http://www.popepaulvi.com/celebrate-love-life.htm .

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