• Dale Bartscher

2021 Humanitarian of the Year

My name is Lisa Ulmer. I live in Hartford with my husband and best friend, Randy. We have two sons, a daughter (-in-law), and two granddaughters. We are members of St. George Parish and Hartford-Humboldt Right to Life. I am happily retired and feel so blessed to have our family close by (in Sioux Falls). I enjoy music, playing guitar and piano, family get-togethers, tea parties, dress-up, and puzzles, coffee with friends, and laughing till I cry.

My commitment to the sanctity of human life began at the age of 8, when Roe v. Wade became the law of the land and mom sat me down and asked me to wear “this bracelet” until the law was reversed. She explained abortion to me the same year that I was ironing out the details about Christmas. While only a small child at the time, looking at that bracelet on my arm for the next two years, I was reminded of the injustice of abortion and that God - alone - is “The Alpha and The Omega.”

St. Mother Theresa said, “We can’t all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.” That is our challenge. I’m not going to have the effect of St. Mother Theresa, and those little things we can do feel awfully small at times: write a letter, place a Mother’s Day ad, make a dessert for a meeting, call a Legislator, thank a priest for a courageous homily, help host a fundraiser, lead a pro-life rosary, host a youth event, participate in Life Chain, 40 Days for Life, annual vigils, and conventions. We need one another, so let’s invite a friend or meet a new friend, have a conversation, or give encouragement to those out front who are winning hearts and minds. We all have a role to play, and although my place may be behind the scenes, your place may be in prayer, on the sidewalk, or testifying before Congress. As it says in Galatians, “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time, we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” (Gal 6:9)

He gives us grace … that synergy that makes our “sum” greater than our “parts.” Because we are His, we are never alone on this journey.

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