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Staff Report – Florida Catholic


Janine Marrone is a humble person who has poured her heart and soul into the Pro-Life movement. For her work, Marrone was as Volunteer of the Year from the Diocese of Venice during the 31st annual Florida Respect Life Conference held in Weston.

The Conference, held Oct. 20-21 and hosted by the Archdiocese of Miami, is a time when Respect Life activists get together to support each other and plan for the future.

Janine Marrone is the Diocese of Venice Respect Life Volunteer of the Year. She received this honor during the State Respect Life Convention Oct. 20-21 in Weston.

Diocese of Venice Respect Life Director Jeanne Berdeaux said it was easy to select Marrone, even at the state level, solely based on her passion and commitment to all things related to Respect Life.

Marrone was introduced to the world of Respect Life when she attended the 2011 state conference hosted in Sarasota. Soon after the conference, she was appointed the Respect Life representative for Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Osprey. With lots of new ideas, she began sponsoring Respect Life educational gatherings after Masses on Respect Life Sunday where she successfully experimented with the concept that if you offer food and Mimosas, they will come.

Marrone cofounded Luncheons for Life, a monthly gathering over lunch with no charge for pro-life advocates in the tri-county area of Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte. Again going beyond the minimum, she then offered to start the idea in other Dioceses, including St. Petersburg, Orlando, Atlanta and in her hometown in Delaware. After four years in the Diocese of Venice, the luncheon is still going strong and is now part of a full day of prayer for an end to abortion. 

Much fruit has come from the luncheons, Berdeaux explained when presenting Marrone with the award. This included the accomplishment of collaboration between pregnancy help centers in the area with a Google ad campaign that is driving more women to the centers resulting in more babies saved.  She is a major supporter of multiple pregnancy help centers, maternity homes and after-birth homes in her area. A mobile medical clinic with ultrasound has been operating in the Diocese for several years as a result of the generosity of her and her husband. 

In addition, she attended the first U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops training retreat for Project Rachel leaders in Washington, representing the Diocese of Venice. She is also the driving force behind the creation of a new organization, Support After Abortion, which uses Google advertising to drive more women to seek help from Project Rachel and other post-abortion healing programs sponsored by pregnancy help centers.

As a member of the Legion of Mary, and now active with Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Venice, Morrone visits and prays with the elderly in nursing homes every week.  She also sponsors networking luncheons in the Diocese for people working with the homeless and hungry.

When asked what makes her so involved in so many Respect Life causes, Marrone said: “Because at some point I just surrendered to the will of God. The operative word is surrender.  After that, it’s easy.”

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