WASHINGTON - Two Catholic University of America students received the first ever “People of Life” Student Leader Award at the Office of Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner on April 26, 2010. Lauren Roselli, a senior, and Thomas Nellson, a junior, were recognized for their continuous pro-life commitment and witness to fellow students and to the D.C. community.
The People of Life Award recognizes those who have answered the call outlined by Pope John Paul II in The Gospel of Life by dedicating themselves to pro-life activities and to promoting respect for the dignity of the human person.
Roselli served as president of the campus group Students for Life for the past 3 years, and organized 458 students, the most ever, who attended the annual March for Life. She also trained and coordinated over 200 student volunteers who organize hospitality for the thousands of pilgrims who attended the National Prayer Vigil for Life in January.
Nellson coordinated a team of student volunteers who handle safety and activities for over 1200 youth hosted overnight in CUA’s athletic center during the National Prayer Vigil. In addition, his team organized events to help the high school students grow in faith and their understanding of life issues.
Mary McClusky, Special Project Coordinator of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, presented the Student Leader Awards and thanked Roselli, Nellson, and the over 200 students who assisted with the 2010 National Prayer Vigil for Life. “Without your help, this event would not be possible,” she said.
The National Prayer Vigil for Life is co-sponsored each January by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, CUA’s Office of Campus Ministry, and the Basilica of the National Shrine. It includes opening and closing Masses broadcast live on EWTN, the National Rosary for Life, confessions, night prayer, all-night adoration and holy hours in reparation for the harms of abortion, and morning prayer.
For more information on the People of Life award and a list of past recipients, visit here.