Story: Boy Scout David Bertsch, son of St. Malachy Council 5128, Morrow (Cincinnati Diocese), was looking for a project to do in his quest to earn the coveted Eagle Scout Award.
He found his answer from the Knights of St. Malachy Council, according to Trustee Carvel Steinke: a project to erect a memorial tombstone to the “Victims of Abortion” at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Morrow.
David accepted the project with a great deal of enthusiasm, according to Steinke. He drew up plans and obtained permission from the pastor Fr. Ronald Piepmeyer. Then he presented his plans to a joint meeting of St. Malachy Council members and the Ladies Auxiliary to obtain funding for the project, which they approved. It was well received.
David designed a pathway with 94 paving bricks that could be engraved. The council sold these at $35 each. “I have never been swamped before selling something after Mass,” commented Steinke. “We sold 124 bricks in two weekends, so David re-designed the layout to accommodate the extra brick sales.”
David then designed the memorial stone and had it engraved. He chose the name “Victims of Abortion” because the mother also is a victim since she has to live for the rest of her life with the fact that she allowed her child to be killed.
David drew up a work schedule, obtained help from fellow Boy Scouts and the council Knights. He then arranged for the Sir Knights of Blessed Sacrament Assembly 2879 to be present in regalia for the dedication ceremony, which was conducted by Fr. Piepmeyer last June 13.
In summing up the project, David wrote that “I believe this pro-life memorial is a beautiful and positive addition to St. Philip the Apostle Parish. It reaffirms the Church’s position on the issue of abortion and remembers the victims of it. The memorial also provides a focal point for prayer and spiritual contemplation that I think many people may benefit from.”