Bishop Alfred Schlert blessed a new ultrasound machine at Lifeline of Berks County, a pro-life, crisis pregnancy center in West Reading, on March 20.
Half of the funding for the new Mindray ultrasound machine was raised by the St. Columbkill Council of the Knights of Columbus, Boyertown. The remainder was provided by a matching grant from the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus’ Culture of Life Fund.
According to Lifeline’s Executive Director, Stephanie Giles, the ultrasound is an important tool in educating expectant mothers.
“The ultrasound specifically provides a window into the womb for a woman who is considering abortion. Seeing a beating heart is important information that a woman does not receive from others who would tell her that a baby is just a ‘clump of cells’ or ‘tissue,’” Giles said.
Lifeline provides material assistance to mothers and their families through the child’s first birthday and ensures that families obtain referrals for mental healthcare, medical care, insurance, English language training, educational opportunities, and other needs.
The center has an ecumenical staff but is committed to operating within the teachings of the Catholic Church as it applies to their programs and services.
“For those of us who are Catholic, having our Bishop visit us to bless not only our machine, but our facility and staff, is a gift to us,” said Giles.
Michael Patti, the Life Director for the St. Columbkill Council of the Knights of Columbus, remarked, “Our council is only six-and-a-half years old now, so we are very proud of this accomplishment so early in our history.”
Photo: Bishop Schlert is pictured with members of the St. Columbkill Council of the Knights of Columbus and staff of Lifeline of Berks, where he blessed a new ultrasound machine.