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Karen_Legatus_Picture.jpgNAPLES, Florida (Feb. 6, 2006) Legatus International presented its 2005 Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award to Karen Garnett, executive director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee for the Diocese of Dallas, on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Legatus International Winter Summit.

Garnett was one of six pro-life leaders presented with the Cardinal O’Connor Award during Legatus’ three-day Summit in Naples, Fl.

Garnett is the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (CPLC), the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas.

The CPLC has been called the largest and most effective diocesan pro-life organization in the world—and a model for the nation.

Made up of nine individual ministries, more than 25 staff and an annual budget of $750,000, the CPLC has a pro-life outreach to hundreds of thousands of people in North Texas.

Garnett was the first in the nation to hire and train missionary sidewalk counselors as part of a diocesan respect life ministry. She built a solid, grassroots-based organization that has brought the pro-life message to the churches and schools of the Diocese of Dallas, saving a countless number of children’s lives in the process.

Legatus is a Catholic lay organization of over 4,000 executives and their spouses committed to the ideals of fidelity, courage and integrity. Thomas Monaghan, former owner of Domino’s Pizza and the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise, founded Legatus in 1987.

The Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award honors the late New York prelate who was a leader in the struggle to promote a culture of life.




Words of praise for the work of the CPLC and Karen Garnett:


"Congratulations on this special honor. You deserve it!  Keep up the good pro-Life work. It is paying off slowly but surely." - Bishop Charles Grahmann, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas

"Your ministry - and the way you organize, plan and implement - is inspiring beyond words.  Every diocese in the world needs to emulate your work!"  - Congressman Chris Smith, NJ, U.S. House of Representatives, 2005 Bishop's Dinner Keynote Speaker

"... Your banquet remains the single most impressive and moving pro-life event I've ever attended... May God continue to bless your efforts as you deserve."  - Michael Medved, 2006 Bishop's Dinner Keynote Speaker




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