Milestone in May
In May we saved our 100th life of 2016 which had put us 467 pregnancy clients all together. 10 chose adoption, 400 chose to parent, 40 are still unsure, and less than four percent had confirmed abortion. By the end of the year we had seen 300+ women bringing us to 700 patients since 2010.
Priest Appreciation Dinner
“We need you…to retain and restore what is true, what is good, and what is essential for human society,” Dr. John Hass spoke these words at our Priest Appreciation Dinner in August. Over 30 priest from across the diocese enjoyed an evening of fellowship, steak, door prizes, and an inspirational talk by Dr. Hass, president of the National Bioethics Center.
Nominated for three Austin Birth Awards
The Austin Birth Awards recognizes birth professionals who go above and beyond in service for the women of central Texas. In 2016 we were nominated for three awards:
-Best OB-GYN: Dr. Jeremy Kalamarides
-Best Birth Doula: Christine Mesich
-Best Birth Prep Class: Christine Mesich and St. JPII Life Center
While we did not take home any trophies this year, we are incredibly grateful for our winning team of dedicated and talented staff at the Vitae Clinic and St. John Paul Life Center
In October we started to remodel our offices and now have a fifth patient room, expanded chapel, and second crisis counseling room. We are now offering free tours on the second Thursdays of each month from noon-1 pm. Click here to find a date to tour. Come early and come hungry because we’ll have lunch waiting for you!
Life is Beautiful Gala
Our best Gala ever took place this November with 700+ in attendance. Speaker Bishop Michael Sis was inspirational, as always! His address and our mission video are now uploaded for everyone to experience. During this beautiful night we were able to raise $250,000 and bringing us to our total of $300,000+. To see pictures from the Gala click here.
Client Christmas Party
Benefactors, volunteers, Knights of Columbus, sorority girls, Board members, and staff donated their time and talent to ensure our clients had the best Christmas possible. Clients received their choice of gift bags to remind them of the beauty of motherhood. Children played games, had lots of Christmas treats, and got to visit with Santa! And, all of us were reminded of the magic of Christmas, the joy of giving, and the most precious gift God bestowed on us all – the gift of his beloved son, Jesus. Click here to see a video and here to see pictures.