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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Linda Harvey


VERSAILLES. Seventy-five Cath- olic women gathered for the Magnificat breakfast, testimony, prayer, and worship in the bright multi-colored St. Leo Parish Hall in Versailles Nov. 11. Since it was Veteran's Day, Deborah Neil, who attends St. Joseph Parish, Winchester, was the speaker. Neil was on active duty with the Navy, 1972-1982. I was the first active duty fe- male to be an air traffic controller in the tower at a Naval Air Sta- tion outside of San Diego," she

Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women

At the Magnificat Breakfast November 11: left to right, Father Steve Roberts, Chaplain; Debo- rah Neil, Veteran Speaker; Sue Sopala, Interim Secretary; Nkechi Amadife, Coordinator; and Pat Hunt, Asst. Coordinator. CR photo: Linda Harvey

said. "I left home at 18 to join the Navy. After graduating from high school, I really did not want to go college. Viet Nam was coming to an end and at that time, men went to sea but women could not be in combat. It was a full cultural change for men and women where women felt they had to be better." Being in the mil- itary was a 24 hour job, and Sunday became just another day. Neil fell away from going to Mass, and she found the military did not support her faith. After deciding to marry a sol- dier, she went from the Navy to the Army life where they moved every two years. Since Neil's family moved quite a bit when she was a child and then experiencing moves in the Army, she lacked the sta- bility she craved. After our daughter Daw- na was born, I developed post-partum depression for which I sought medical treat- ment. It was lonely since my husband went to Korea, after leaving West Point. He then was out of the Army and we

Linda Harvey


LEXINGTON. Birthright of Lexington cel- ebrated its 45th year of providing services to women with problem pregnancies with 244 people at their annual fundraiser Nov. 11 at the downtown Hilton in Lexington. The gala "Bid & Buy: An Evening in Tuscany" was a feast of a variety of ac- tivities that touched the different senses with dinner, silent auction, live auction, Art Mize as the strolling violinist, gour- met dessert sales, Wall of Wine (100 bottles), Stork's Landing, Dine Around Town, and Keeneland Boxes (donations of Keeneland boxes from 14 horse farms

Birthright of Lexington celebrates 45 years

Connie and Rich Jirak were presented the Louise Summerville Award at the Birthright of Lexington annual "Bid & Buy" Nov. 11. CR photo: Linda Harvey

for the Spring 2018 meet). Birthright of Lexington was estab- lished in 1972, and is a chapter of in- ternational Birthright founded by Lou- ise Summerhill in Toronto, Canada, in 1968. Summerhill was a housewife and mother of eight children who sought to offer a positive alternative to abortion. Barbara Bailey, Channel 27 news an- chor, presented the Louise Summerhill Award to Connie and Rich Jirak who have been chairing registration and reservations for the annual fundraiser for 16 years and have volunteered for other roles, such as coordinating the Silent Auction gift certif- icates and displays, and being client volun- teers in the office. The Jirak's have been married for 47 years and have four children, ages 35-45, and 14 grandchildren. Connie had been a stay at home mom, while their children were growing up, and Rich is still working with computers for the state of Kentucky. They have had meaningful experiences with their faith and their values. "For five years, we went to Burt Road in Lexington outside the abortion clinic," said Connie Jirak. "We stood on the street and were able to save some babies from abortion and there also were some adoptions. It was an inspiring experience."

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