We just received this notification, from Tom Dixon, one of the attorneys who defended the "Notre Dame 88". Please pass along to the many people who knew Father.
Father Norman Weslin passed away last evening very peacefully. He spent the last few years of his earthly life bringing joy to the residents and staff of Cherry Hill Haven, a senior living facility in Traverse City, Michigan owned and run by my wife, Patti and her incredible staff, headed by Administrator Evon Ryan.
Around the time of the ND 88 arrests, Father was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimers. As the disease progressed and he required placement, the Holy Spirit's divine setups kept him closely in our lives. Even after his placement, we were able to frequently pray the Holy Rosary outside the Planned Parenthood in Traverse City, and to arrange a trip for him to be with his friends in the Washington D.C. area for a week long prayer vigil. He also received visitors from all parts of the country... many Lambs from the Omaha area, friends from Detroit, the Upper Peninsula, and throughout the country.
In the last weeks of his earthly life, Father was filled with excitement and anticipation of his reunion with the Blessed Mother, his beloved wife Mary Lou, and all of his family and friends who went before him, as they accompany him into the eternal presence of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Friends from Omaha were with him at his death, and a prayer community in Traverse City kept almost constant vigil. Even in retirement and battling the effects of Alzheimers, Father Weslin touched many lives, brought many people to Christ, and spread the joy of his faith with contagion.
I think Dr. Charlie Rice has said it best, "while we have been praying for him, we will soon start praying to him."
Father Weslin increased my faith and deepened my devotion to the Blessed Mother. Each day, when I pray the Holy Rosary, I now include at the end of each mystery "Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for us" and the "Ave Maria" both included in his daily devotion. And, I now pray the Memorare as I begin my daily travels. His legacy in my life is much greater than these things, but he will always be with me as I continue in these devotions.
May God bless you all, and may we all celebrate having been bestowed the grace of being in the presence of Father Norman Weslin, and pray for our own reunion with him.
The founder of the activist group The Lambs of Christ, passionate prolifer, and champion of a true feminism. Fr. Norman Weslin is ailing and will be entering hospice. See the story we have linked to below the picture.
Father Norman at Notre Dame in May, 2009, protesting the honoring and honorary law degree being given by the University to pro abortion President Obama.
On his right is Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, who is now prolife and a Catholic convert. To Father's left is Joan Andrews Bell.
Weslin, 81, is the founder of the Lambs of Christ and estimates on his group’s website that he has been arrested 70 to 80 times in peaceful civil disobedience against abortion.
Jean and Kathy Plourde of Gabriel’s Corner on Tuesday asked for intercession for Fr. Weslin, who is expected to enter hospice care as soon as this week. The pro-lifers say that the priest currently is staying at an Alzheimer’s care facility in Michgan, where he has been for about the past two years.
Although a longtime veteran of the pro-life movement, Weslin became an icon during the Notre Dame scandal as the priest caught on amatuer video being roughly hauled off the school grounds by security personnel when he refused to end his peaceful pro-life witness.
Prior to his ordination in 1986, he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. army and married to another pro-life activist, who died in a car accident in 1980. In honor of his wife, Weslin converted his Council Bluffs, Iowa home to “The Mary Weslin Homes for Pregnant, Unwed Mothers,” which has housed over 300 mothers in crisis pregnancies.
In 2007 Weslin was cleared of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act after entering the abortion facility of late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart and counseling women not to abort their children. He was convicted of the same charge in 2001 and sentenced to five months in prison after kneeling in prayer within a 60-foot buffer zone outside a Buffalo abortuary.
And here is a photo of a picture, as Fr. Norman was arrested at Notre Dame.
Many on this list know Fr. Weslin, and we are sure many will be praying, as he prepares to enter eternal life.