Kaitlyn Hogg, a 14-year-old high school freshman from St. Gregory the Great Parish, Williamsville, was the youth award recipient at the presentation of the Pro-Vita Awards on Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna.
The Pro-Vita Awards are presented by the diocesan Office for Pro-Life Activities to people who have labored tirelessly for the pro-life cause. Other award recipients were: Organization - 40 Days for Life, Peter Adornetto, regional coordinator; Lay - Marilyn Neil, retired registered nurse, former patient representative, Sisters Hospital, Buffalo; Religious - Father Martin X. Moleski, SJ, professor, Canisius College/Jesuit Community; and Professional - Judith O'Mara, director of adoption and foster care, Baker Victory Services.
The Ayrin Family received the Bishop Edward U. Kmiec Award. Established in 2011, the award is given annually in the bishop's honor of "Charity and Service" to a mother/child in need - Keeping Moms In Excellent Care.
Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrated Saturday's Mass marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion. Bishop Malone and a delegation from Buffalo will be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for the annual March for Life.