January 6, 2012
January will, as usual, be a busy
month for pro-lifers. On Jan. 4, the Nebraska Legislature starts its 2012
session. There will undoubtedly be a pro-life bill or two debated in this
legislative session. More on that in coming weeks.
On Jan. 11 and 12, my office is bringing Leah
Darrow to speak to all-school assemblies at Grand Island Central Catholic,
Skutt High School (Omaha), Pius X High School (Lincoln) and Scotus High
School (Columbus). Ms. Darrow went from being a star on a hit reality TV
show, American’s Next Top Model, to being a Catholic speaker focusing
on her conversion, modesty and chastity.
A promotional flier with more details is on my
website at: www.nebcathcon.org
(under "Pro-Life"). It also appears on page 13 of this issue of the
Register. Ms. Darrow’s presentations are open to the public so if you
live near one of these schools, please feel free to join us.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, Nebraskans United for Life
is hosting its annual Celebration of Life Dinner at the Scott Conference
Center, 6450 Pine St., Omaha. The featured speaker is Rita Diller from Stop
Planned Parenthood. The social begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $45/person and can be obtained by calling NUFL at 402-399-0299.
Clergy and religious can attend for free.
Every year on a Saturday near Jan. 22, the
anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Nebraska Right
to Life sponsors a Walk for Life in Lincoln. This year it will be
Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. on the west steps of the State Capitol
The featured speaker is Ryan Bomberger. Ryan was
conceived in rape and adopted into a bi-racial family. He started the
billboard campaign, Too Many Aborted, aimed at attacking Planned
Parenthood’s targeting of minority babies for abortion. He and his wife
Bethany founded The Radiance Foundation to work on pro-life issues.
Preceding the Walk, my office sponsors a pro-life
Mass at St. Mary Church (14th and K streets in Lincoln) across the street
from the Capitol. Most Reverend William Dendinger, Bishop of Grand
Island will be the main celebrant for the Mass. Father Sid Bruggeman will be
Father Bruggeman is convert to the faith, having
been a Protestant minister previously. Father was ordained a Catholic priest
for the Diocese of Grand Island in 2009. He serves as pastor of St. Libory
parish in St. Libory, and as chaplain of the V.A. Medical Center in Grand
A promotional flier for the Walk and Mass is also
available on my website, and on page 11 of this Register. Please make
every effort to attend—and bring a bus or van load of people with you!
Finally, Virtue Media’s post-abortion healing ad
began airing this week on television stations in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand
Island, Hastings and North Platte. You can view the ad at
Stations in Omaha are KETV, KMTV, WOWT and Cox Cable. Stations in the other
communities are KLKN (Lincoln), KHGI (G.I.), KHAS (Hastings), KOLN/KGIN
(Lincoln and G.I.), KNOP (North Platte) and Time Warner Cable (Lincoln). A
detailed advertising schedule is posted on my website and provides the
stations, programs and timeframe for the ads.
A total of 1,132 Virtue Media ads have been bought on various stations
during the first three weeks of January. This number could increase as
donations continue to be made by Catholics throughout Nebraska.
You can contact Greg at The Nebraska
Catholic Conference, 215 Centennial Mall South Suite 310, Lincoln, NE 68508;