The Knights of Columbus, seven parishes and the Association of Catholic Cemeteries have joined forces to build and dedicate a memorial to unborn babies who have died from abortion at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, United States.
The new monument was inaugurated in a ceremony held by Fr. Frank Kosem on May 30, Memorial Day, a date that commemorates soldiers who died defending the homeland.
Speaking to the Diocese of Cleveland, Joe Perez, a former grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Council in Lorain, said the new space “is a unique place of healing.”
“This is a place that helps families who have lost an unborn child,” Pérez said during the inauguration.
“We are dedicating a monument to a group that until recently was forgotten,” Pérez said, noting that about one-third of pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth or miscarriage.
He explained that the idea is to remember “these gifts from God who were never born, those who never breathed on this earth,” but who “remain children of God and are not forgotten.”
Father John Retar, pastor of St. Vitus Church in Cleveland, prayed during the dedication and blessing of the monument.
“Every child marks a mother. She carries it with her throughout her life,” she said.
Those attending the Mass were mostly Knights of Columbus and priests from the city of Lorain.