METUCHEN – The Diocese of Metuchen will honor two pro-life advocates during its annual Respect Life Mass to be held January 22 at 12 noon at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, 32 Elm Avenue. The 2012 award recipients are Dr. Jean Golden-Tevald and Lois Pryor.
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will be the principal celebrant at the Mass and the homilist will be Rev. Timothy A. Christy, pastor of St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church, Flemington.
Established in 1988 as a prayer service celebrated in conjunction with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the US, the Respect Life Mass today celebrates life from the womb to the tomb.
“Both 2012 honorees are amazing pro-life advocates who bring hope to others through their efforts to support and assist them in their time of need, while maintaining that every individual deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death,” said Jennifer Ruggiero, director of the diocesan Respect for Life Office. “Through their dedicated and faithful service, many women and couples they’ve encountered have chosen life for their unborn babies and have opted to pursue fertility solutions that are in line with Catholic teachings.”
Dr. Golden-Tevald is being honored for her commitment to provide pro-life, pro-family healthcare, consistent with Catholic teachings, at MorningStar Family Health Center, the Clinton-based multi-specialty healthcare practice she co-founded eight years ago. The Center was named in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, who has been referenced as the ‘Morning Star.’
Offering a Catholic approach to healthcare, a guiding principal of Dr. Golden-Tevald’s practice is that “each person is a gift from God” and therefore deserving of dignity and respect at all times, and all stages of life. As such she and her staff are committed to providing high quality, scientifically based healthcare to all persons, regardless of their faith traditions or personal beliefs, in a way that is consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services.
A board certified family practitioner and active staff member of Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, Dr. Golden-Tevald was trained in the Creighton Model Fertility Care System and NaPro TECHNOLOGY™ at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha, NE. She also is trained as a FertilityCare™ Practitioner and Certified FertilityCare™ Medical Consultant and is an active member of the American Academy of FertilityCare™ Professionals and the Institute of Restorative Reproductive Medicine.
A parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Pittstown, Dr. Golden-Tevald resides in Hunterdon County with her husband and seven children.
Lois Pryor is a founding member of Pregnancy Aid and Information Center, Raritan, where she is a board member and has served as an active and faithful volunteer for more than 30 years.
Over the course of three decades, Pryor has assisted countless young women who have faced an unplanned pregnancy by helping them obtain basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, counseling and healthcare in a time of personal crisis and uncertainty. Through her care and compassion for others and respect for all human life – including the unborn – she has helped hundreds of women choose life for their babies. She also has raised funds for the Center by sponsoring an annual ‘Rose Luncheon.’ Fellow volunteers at the Center have called her “an outstanding role model.”
A long-time pro-life advocate and member of St. Elizabeth – St. Brigid Parish, Far Hills – Peapack, Pryor has helped organize many of her parish’s annual bus trips to Washington D.C. for the March for Life, a peaceful and powerful grassroots march and rally held each year in our nation’s capital to support the overturn of Roe v. Wade – the 1973 historic Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in the United States.
In April 2011, she was honored by the Mayor of Bridgewater for her volunteerism. Pryor was married to her late-husband, Hal, for 57 years. She has eight adult children, 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
All are invited to the Respect Life Mass and reception which will follow in the Cathedral Community Room. For more information call the diocesan Respect for Life Office at 1-732-562-1990, ext. 1629 or visit www.diometuchen.org.
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