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Schleppenbach to receive ‘Gospel of Life’ award


Greg Schleppenbach

The annual Nebraska bishops’ pro-life reception and banquet will be held Sept. 23 as part of the "Made in His Image: Human Dignity in a Secular World" conference in Omaha.

And the event will be a homecoming of sorts for Greg Schleppenbach.

The former Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) executive director and now associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in Washington, D.C., will receive the annual Gospel of Life award for his dedication to the pro-life movement, said Tom Venzor, associate director of pro-life and family with the NCC.

Before taking the USCCB post in May, Schleppenbach served 25 years with the Nebraska Catholic Conference – including 23 years as a lobbyist and coordinator of statewide pro-life efforts as director of the Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities.

His work included creating and working with a statewide network of parish pro-life coordinators, establishing a statewide Project Rachel post-abortion healing program and educating the public on a variety of topics including abortion, euthanasia, decisions around medical treatment and biomedical issues.

"Greg has been an invaluable disciple of the Gospel of Life in Nebraska," Venzor said. "His life exemplifies a deep reverence for the gift of life."

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