Photos: Humanae Vitae Award Mass

The 54th annual Humana Vitae Mass and award presentation was celebrated July 28, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The Humanae Vitae Award is given each year to someone who has dedicated their time and talents to promoting natural family planning, or NFP.

This year’s recipient was 90-year-old Mary Hughes. Hughes helped to establish the natural family planning office for the diocese of St. Cloud, where she worked for nearly 20 years before retiring in 1992. Father Tom Knoblach celebrated the Mass and Mary’s husband, Mark, two of her daughters, and dozens of other family and friends were on hand.

NFP is a form of family planning that aligns with the teaching of “Humanae Vitae,” an encyclical written by Pope Paul VI in 1968 that details God’s plan for marriage and family.

To read more about Mary Hughes and her work, visit:


Author: Gianna Bonello

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