For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. August 2014—National Council of Catholic Women President-elect receives prestigious “People of Life” Award

National Council of Catholic Women President-elect Sheila Hopkins received the “People of Life” award from the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for her work to build up respect for the dignity of the human person and for her years of dedicated service to the Church.

“Your dedication to upholding the dignity of human life through your defense of the unborn, the poor and the vulnerable, especially through your advocacy and policy work, is an outstanding witness to so many working to build a Culture of Life,” wrote Tom Grenchik, Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, in his letter of June 24.

Sheila Hopkins recently retired as Director of Social Concerns/Respect Life, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, after more than a decade. She represented the Conference on issues of human life, dignity, and social justice before the legislative and executive branches of government as well as public and private sector organizations.

Mrs. Hopkins served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Pregnancy Care Network, the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council, the Florida Community Loan Fund, Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Council, and the Florida Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives as well as the National Council of Catholic Women Board of Directors. She has served for thirty-eight years on various commissions and committees of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and on the USCCB Committee on Marriage and Family Life.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,” Hopkins said from her home in Tallahassee, Florida. “It has been my privilege to serve the Church.”

More than 150 diocesan, state and national Catholic pro-life leaders and guests from across the country attended the private July 28 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap, of Boston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) presented the awards to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Sheila Hopkins, and George Wesolek (awarded posthumously).


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