State Culture of Life Grant Wisconsin

Posted on November 01, 2020 in: General News

State Culture of Life Grant Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Knights of Columbus thanks all the Madison area recipients of the grants, distributed on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for applying for the 2020 State Culture of Life Grant Fund. The Knights consider it an honor to participate in this way in the life-affirming work of the worthy recipients. Working together, the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus raised more than $105K to provide grants to numerous Pro-Life agencies throughout the state to help fulfill our shared mission – cultivating a culture of life.

We are especially grateful to General Agent Tim Nowak and Field Agent Steve Rammer for taking the time to represent all those whose good work protecting Knights of Columbus families has made it possible for the placement of more than 40 ultrasound machines in Wisconsin alone, and many hundreds more throughout our nation! Half of the cost of every machine is covered by a charitable contribution from our Supreme Council headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, with funds made available through our not-for-profit Fraternal Benefit Society. Brother Knights Tim and Steve were joined by Mark Lessner, our Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Committeeman representing the Madison Diocese, and Past State Deputy Ron Faust.

 Ron Faust, Tim Nowak, Brian Preisler, Mark Lessner, Steve Rammer


Brian, as part of the FOCUS ministry, is helping to promote a culture of life on the UW Madison campus, working with students and helping them grow in a deeper understanding of what it means to respect all people as children of God and that each child is a gift from God. 

Steve Rammer, Brenda Collins, Mark Lessner


Pregnancy Helpline of Madison provides a full range of services, from crisis pregnancy counseling to helping families with resources such as diapers, clothes and other material needs, so that when a family chooses life for their child they have the support to care for that child. 

 Steve Rammer, Mary Mead, Mark Lessner, Ron Faust


The Diocese of Madison works with Rachel’s Vineyard and Project Rachel to provide women and men with post-abortion healing. The wounds of abortion can, and often do, damage people for months, and even years.

Mark Lessner, Karissa DeTrana, Sharon Kuiper, Steve Rammer are pictured with the latest ultrasound machine placed by the Knights of Columbus.


The Women's Care Center, providentially located directly across the street from Planned Parenthood, is on the front lines of promoting a culture of life and giving hope to those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide a full range of free services both before and after the birth of a child, including ultrasounds, counseling, parenting classes and material support. 

Mark Lessner, Julaine Appling, Steve Rammer

The Wisconsin Family Council administers, with Pro-Life Wisconsin, and at no charge, the Choose Life License Plate program, through which they make grants to crisis pregnancy center grant applicants.

Each of these worthy recipients passed the rigorous scrutiny of our Wisconsin Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Committee, as appointed by State Deputy Corey Coonen, and led by Director Dan Miller. Their applications were carefully reviewed and independently scored using a system designed to ensure both adherence to our Catholic Faith and prudence with the use of the funds entrusted to them.

Respectfully Submitted by Past State Deputy Ron Faust