Former Pro-Life Apostolate director
receives People of Life Award


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three champions of the Pro-Life cause were honored on August 5 at the 2019 People of Life awards for their lifetime contributions to the movement.

The awards were presented during the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference taking place in Louisville, Ky. 

Among this year’s honorees were the Fall River Diocese’s own Marian Desrosiers, along with Cheryl Holley and Chuck Donovan. 

Desrosiers was honored for her years of joyful and dedicated Pro-Life service in the Diocese of Fall River. In addition to her time as the diocesan Pro-Life director, she also spent 25 years leading the diocese’s Project Rachel Ministry, which provides pastoral care for individuals who have been involved in an abortion. 

Desrosiers today is the Director of Advancement at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River and continues to serve women and their children at the diocesan Women’s Transitional Home.

Over the past three decades, awardee Cheryl Holley has led the way in uniting Pro-Life communities through ecumenical and multicultural efforts. Holley is the director of the Josephite Pastoral Center and she is a board office of the Gabriel Network, serving pregnant women and children throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. 

Recipient Chuck Donovan — a native of Louisville — is the president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of Pro-Life PAC Susan B. Anthony List. Donovan has been a guiding force in the Pro-Life movement for four decades, as Legislative Director of the National Right to Life Committee from 1979-1981, in leadership at the Family Research Council, and as co-chairman of the Heritage Foundation’s Religious Liberty Working Group. 

Approximately 125 diocesan Catholic Pro-Life leaders and guests attended the private awards dinner, including Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The People of Life award recognizes Catholics who have answered the call outlined by Pope St. John Paul II in “The Gospel of Life” (Evangelium Vitae, 1995) by dedicating themselves to Pro-Life activities and promoting respect for the dignity of the human person. It is bestowed in honor of their significant and longtime contributions to the culture of life.

The awardees join 34 other People of Life award recipients since the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities established the award in 2007.


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