2005 American Catholic Press Benefit

Father Gilligan and Norma McCorvey
Above, Father Michael Gilligan confers the Gratiam Dei Award on Norma McCorvey, who is "Jane Roe" of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision of the United State Supreme Court. Miss Norma is now an articulate spokesperson for the pro-life cause. In 1998, she was welcomed into the Catholic Church by Father Pavone.

Fran Fortier, Larry & Marge Theriault, Norma McCorvey, Dennis & Mary-Louise Kurey
Fran Fortier (Joliet Pro-Life Office), Larry & Marge Theriault (Knights of Columbus), Norma McCorvey, and Dennis & Mary-Louise Kurey (Chicago Pro-Life Office).

Fathers Joe Bennett, Pierre Barr, and Jim Flynn
Fathers Joe Bennett, Pierre Barr, and Jim Flynn.  In the foreground are Tom and Joan Cipich.  Father Bennett and the Cipich family are from Holy Ghost Parish (South Holland) which uses the Leaflet Missal.  So does Holy Name of Mary Parish (Chicago), where Father Flynn is pastor.

Elizabeth Ehlman, Darlene & Pete Ruhl, and Jack Mahoney
Elizabeth Ehlman, Darlene & Pete Ruhl, and Jack Mahoney, cousin to Father Gilligan. Back in the 1990s, Pete Ruhl was chief loan officer for Suburban Federal Savings. He set up the property mortgage needed at that time by American Catholic Press. Currently, he works for Marian High School, in development.

Mary-Louise Kurey
Mary-Louise Kurey, director of the Pro-Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago, introducing Norma McCorvey.

Dr. Sal and Maureen Rinella
Dr. Sal and Maureen Rinella. These are two of the people who drifted into the Ogilve Room, just to hear Norma McCorvey speak.

Peter Danis, M.C., and Helen Silvia
After dinner, Peter Danis, Master of Ceremonies, chooses an honest-looking person to draw the winning raffle ticket: Helen Silvia.

Amy Waugh of Noonan Academy
Amy Waugh of Noonan Academy (left) and Norma McCorvey (right). In the background, on the left, is Bobbie Noonan, founder of Noonan Academy.

Bishop Frank Kane, Norma McCorvey, Peter Danis, M.C.
Bishop Frank Kane, Norma McCorvey, and Peter Danis, Master of Ceremonies. Bishop Kane is the Episcopal Vicar of Region II of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the north side and the near northern suburbs. Peter Danis is a new ACP board member.

Pat Curran, Dee Carreras, and Joe Darguzas
Pat Curran, Dee Carreras, and Joe Darguzas

Jim, Joan, and Katie Braden
Jim, Joan, and Katie Braden. Jim took many of the photos on this page, for which we give him hearty thanks and praise. Both Jim and Joan are ACP board members.

Bishop Frank Kane
Bishop Kane says grace before meals.

Noonan Academy Table
At the Noonan Academy Table, the clergy are from the Legionaries of Christ, a new religious order. Noonan Academy is a Catholic elementary school in Mokena, Illinois.

Martin and Rosann Conroy
Martin and Rosann Conroy. Both are ACP board members.

Collette and Dr. R.J. Wallyn
Collette and Dr. R.J. Wallyn

Loretta & Bill Cleary and Georgeen Booras
Loretta & Bill Cleary and Georgeen Booras

The winners of the Silent Auction settle accounts.
Before leaving for home, the winners of the Silent Auction settle accounts with Ed Waymel and Pat Curran. Ed Waymel is bookkeeper for American Catholic Press.

Father Michael Nacius
Father Michael Nacius, dean of the southern suburbs and pastor of St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Matteson. Here, he is saying grace after meals.

After her presentation at the ACP Benefit, Norma McCorvey went to Sunday Mass the following morning, at St. Rocco Oratory in Chicago Heights.  There, she delivered a similar, pro-life message, which was well received and much appreciated. 

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