8/12/2014 9:38:00 AM Wyoming family honored for pro-life activities, community service
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The James and Stefanie Bell family of Cody, Wyo., has been named the Knights of Columbus' International Family of the Year for a variety of exemplary community service and pro-life activities. The award was announced Aug. 6 during the Knights' 132nd Supreme Convention in Orlando, Fla.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — A Catholic family from Wyoming who helped a local crisis pregnancy center get funding for an ultrasound machine was honored by the Knights of Columbus during the fraternal organizations 132nd convention here.
The James and Stefanie Bell family of Cody, Wyoming, were named the International Family of the Year for a variety of community service and pro-life activities.
James Bell, a 19-year member of Bishop Maurice T. Burke Council 4031 in Cody, his wife and their nine children are well known in their local community and parish. Besides being recognized for devotion to the sacraments and their pilgrimages to Rome, the Bell children help their parents teach religious education and lead the children's liturgy at St. Anthony's Church.
"Brother Knights let us continue to be the Catholic men that we are called to be; let us take fraternity back to our parishes and councils -- thank you Knights of Columbus for being a support for my family," James Bell said at the Aug. 6 awards event, after detailing ways the Knights have supported his family through various challenges, including the loss of a baby born with a chromosomal disorder.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said the Bell family "is an inspiring example of Catholic family life, and a testament to the family's role as the domestic church and the fundamental building block of society."
A decade ago the Bells started a community pro-life activity that outgrew their home and is now held in a middle school gym. Known as the "Horton Hears a Who!" event, it is attended by more 400 people who celebrate the theme that "a person is a person, no matter how small."
The adult Bells also worked with a coalition to establish Serenity Pregnancy Resource Center, and later spearheaded the campaign to match funds from the Knights to purchase an ultrasound machine for the center.
Among those lauding the family for their efforts, Father Vernon F. Clark, pastor of St. Anthony, said their advocacy has "saved a number of unborn children in our city and the surrounding communities as well."