I was totally breathless as I read the news from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 20 that one of dearest people I knew, and a prolife warrior par excellence, had died that very morning. I’ve known Bill and Vicki for years and phoned Bill as soon as I knew, only to discover that it was a sudden death as she was getting ready for the morning

The three of us have had many meetings in Rome, laughed over many a good story and broke bread in many great restaurants. On one occasion, I interviewed Vicki for “Vatican Insider” and that is what you will hear this weekend.

We are doing a “Best Of” this weekend built around the interview with Vicki because I have a terrible cold with cough and little energy and I can barely talk so could not have even recorded the news segment, etc.

I posted the archdiocese report of her death on Facebook on Wednesday the minute I learned of it. I can see by your many responses how much Vicki was loved and valued as a friend and immensely appreciated as for her prolife work and her ministry to help those who were suffering from having decided to have an abortion.

I’m not sure if you know but Vicki, as founder of the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel and executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, was due to receive Notre Dame’s Evangelium Vitae Medal at a banquet on April 25, 2020. Covid made that personal award ceremony impossible and there were dozens of us who were disappointed. I had made plans to fly in to Notre Dame for the ceremony.

From the website:

“Vicki Thorn has dedicated her life to caring for women and men who have been wounded by abortion,” said O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. “Her work is a living witness to the unconditional love and mercy that lies at the heart of the Culture of Life. We are pleased to honor her with the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal.”

“Vicki Thorn’s work has been a source of healing for women and men whose lives have been touched by abortion,” said University President  Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC. “I’m grateful to the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture for recognizing Ms. Thorn for her service to the Church and to the work of mercy on behalf of a Culture of Life.”

This coming Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. I just know the Lord’s arms are wide open with both mercy and love to welcome this beautiful daughter into his kingdom!

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