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Catholic News Herald

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091517 life memorialCLEMMONS — U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx was the keynote speaker at a gathering of more than 200 parishioners Sept. 3 at Holy Family Church in Clemmons for the dedication of a monument to the “Celebration of Life,” portraying that the sanctity of human life must be upheld from conception to natural death.

The monument features four engraved plaques, each with a single word – Unborn, Vulnerable, Forgotten, Aged – bringing focus to the times in which society often devalues life. In the center is a marble statue of St. Teresa of Calcutta holding a newborn baby while caring for a sick, elderly man.

Throughout St. Teresa’s life, she reached out to the unborn, vulnerable, forgotten and aged while declaring “all life is precious.” The monument’s dedication was held in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of the canonization of St. Teresa.

The monument, located in front of the church, was sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 9499 of Clemmons. Pictured is (from left) Deacon John Harrison, Father Michael Buttner (pastor), Grand Knight Joe Muster, Foxx, Knights of Columbus State Warden Sergio Miranda, District Deputy Jean Dion, and Knights of Columbus State Culture of Life Chairman Boyce Williams. In the background are 4th Degree members of Triad Assembly 2282.

— Photo provided by Bruce Jaworoski