Ontario’s pro-life community lost two prominent supporters with the recent passing of Monsignor Ralph Egan of Toronto and Dr. Bernharda Meyer of Waterloo.
Msgr. Egan, 96, died February 8 at LaSalle Manor in Scarborough. In addition to his long service in the Catholic priesthood, the monsignor was noted for his various publishing efforts, including the St. Maximilian Kolbe Apostolate for the Printed Word which he established six years ago at the age of 90.
Many of the themes discussed by the monsignor’s publishing ministry supported pro-life, pro-family efforts not only in Canada, but throughout the apostolate’s network in United States, Africa and Asia.
The funeral for Msgr. Egan was held February 11 at St. Edward’s Church in Willowdale.
Just two weeks earlier, pro-lifers in southwestern Ontario noted with sorrow the death of Dr. Bernharda Meyer at age 73.
A dedicated pro-life activist, Dr. Meyer could always be relied on to take part in prayer vigils, life chains, political rallies and letter-writing campaigns.
She was especially supportive of the “soul saving” work of natural family planning. She believed natural family planning could help heal marriages and eventually triumph over abortion.
Dr. Meyer was born in Emmerich, Germany and came to Canada with her husband Helmut in 1973. The couple moved to North Bay in the fall of 1976, where Helmut continued his medical practice until 1984. Dr. Meyer is survived by her husband, a retired surgeon.
(- with files from Len Solomon)