Champions for Life 2018
In October 2018, Nancy Blom received the Archdiocese’s “Champions for Life Award” in the Professional category. Her nominator wrote: “She is responsible for beginning and developing the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat ministry here in the Twin Cities.”
“It has been Nancy’s commitment to this ministry, her organizational and artistic skills, her manner of leadership, her gift of hospitality (making room in her heart for whoever is before her), and her many other gifts that have made the Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities retreats work so very well and dependably. Nancy herself is not post-abortive. But at some point she became familiar with this retreat and felt called by the Lord to make it happen here in the Twin Cities.”
“Nancy has a humble, kind and hospitable way of leading, always considering the uniqueness of each team member. We on the team all know that the RV ministry exists here in the Twin Cities because of her. It is her overall commitment, her significant preparation work, and her leadership that makes it all possible. She leads so that it is always the Holy Spirit who bonds the team and is leading us in all we do, during and outside of the retreat. She often gathers us together, most often in her home, for fellowship as well as for some manner of training. Because she insists on our being utterly faithful to the way the retreat is designed to be done, the Holy Spirit always shows up. He is the one who does the healing, and He is the one who gets the glory. She leads in such a way that, ultimately, God leads.”
Champions for Life 2011
In October 2011, the Archbishop presented Nancy Blom and the Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities team members with the “Champions For Life” award. The award recognizes the efforts of pro-life volunteers throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
In sharing the recognition for the “Champions For Life” award with all the members of the team, Nancy wrote:
“The team members are the ones whose own healing has brought them from a place of shame and grief to a journey of hope and giving life to others who are still hurting.
Jesus stated that the one “who has been forgiven the most, loves the most”.
These team members of Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cites are the ones who love the most.
They are the ones that Pope John Paul II talked about in his Evangelium Vitae letter, who are the most eloquent defenders of life.
Truly, they are the most amazing life giving fruit of Rachel’s Vineyard.”