Catholics to be honored with Champions for Life Awards

| August 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

Seven people will be recognized this year with St. John Paul II Champions for Life Awards, an initiative of the Office of Marriage, Family and Life of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The awards recognize people who strive to protect life at all stages.

This year’s winners are Jack Dorcey, Sharon King, Jo Tolck, Brad and Sarah Hackenmueller, and Dana and Shelly Zahler.

Dorcey won the youth and young adult award. He serves as a sidewalk counselor at several abortion centers around the metro and chaperones annually for the archdiocese’s trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Dorcey is a parishioner of St. Pius X in White Bear Lake.

King won the pro-life volunteer award for her service as a full-time housemother with Philomena House in St. Paul, which cares for pregnant women at risk for homelessness and abortion. She cares for the women and stays on call to respond to their needs day or night. She is a parishioner of St. Agnes in St. Paul.

Tolck, the pro-life professional award winner, is executive director of Human Life Alliance in Minneapolis. She expanded the organization’s services from pro-life education for colleges to chastity for teens and pregnancy center support. She is a parishioner of
St. Raphael in Crystal.

The Hackenmuellers and Zahlers won the couples, family or Catholic-affiliated group award. The couples are longtime volunteers of the St. Michael Foundation in St. Michael, which serves children and adults with special needs. They recently opened a house for men with special needs to live independently. The couples are parishioners of St. Michael in St. Michael.

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens will present the awards at a luncheon Oct. 27 at St. Peter in Mendota. For more information, visit


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