DEFEND LIFE • Sept. - Oct., 2009 The Fr. Norman Weslin story An unlikely In the fifth grade he met a pretty little girl named Mary Lou. The priest displays fact that she was Catholic and he was unbridled Lutheran didn’t deter him – he fell madly in love, and stayed that valor way until he graduated from high school and joined the army at age Of all the well-publicized scenes at 17. the Notre Dame University But Mary Lou said she commencement protests last May, wouldn’t marry him probably none was more poignant than unless he made Fr. Norman Weslin is tagged during his arrest for the arrest by police of the feeble, 78- something of himself trespassing at Notre Dame University last May. year-old priest struggling under the and became an officer. weight of a wooden cross. So after getting off to a dismal start, couple adopted two Japanese- But getting arrested at abortion he pulled his act together, graduating American children, a 2½-month-old protests was nothing new for Fr. from Officer Candidate School in boy and an 11-month-old girl. Norman Weslin. March of 1951. Then it was back to Ft. Bliss for the As the founder of Lambs for Then it was on to artillery and officers’ advanced course in their Christ, described by Time magazine in missile school at Ft. Bliss, Texas. nuclear missile school. Weslin 1992 as perhaps “the most zealous and While there, the smitten young graduated second from the top of his aggressive of the pro-life organizations second lieutenant converted to class. that seek to shut down ‘killing Catholicism. He became a missile operations centers,’” Weslin has been arrested Norman and Mary Lou were married officer, responsible for the army and jailed over 70 times. in August, 1951. nuclear missile air defense of New A more devout, dedicated, and Airborne school at Ft. Benning, York City and New Jersey against downright feisty pro-life priest would Georgia, followed, then paratrooper Soviet Russian air attack. be hard to find. duty at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, More high-level positions followed. It would also be hard to find a man nd All the while he continued to drink with the 82 Airborne Division. seemingly less likely to become a It was there, Weslin relates, that he heavily. priest in the first place. In 1963, drunk after a party at began a 20-year run as a “hopeless Norman Weslin was the son of his house, he accidentally set alcoholic.” Oscar and Hilma Weslin, both Stationed in Panama in 1952, he himself on fire while trying to immigrants from Finland who met and nearly killed Mary Lou while relight the barbecue grill and nearly married in Michigan, settling down in driving drunk. The doctor told him burned himself to death. Iron City to raise 18 children. she had suffered a massive brain Weslin retired from the army in 1968 The first ten died in infancy. concussion and was going to die. with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Norman, baby number 16, grew up to That same year he came to grips A nurse gave him a green scapular, be a little rascal in school, and came in with his alcoholism, joined told him to pin it on Mary Lou’s for his share of whippings from the Alcoholics Anonymous, turned his pajamas and pray, “Immaculate school principal. life and his will over to God, and Heart of Mary, pray for us now and “I was never a sarcastic kid or one never drank again. at the hour of our death.” always looking for trouble,” Weslin In retirement, his religious faith Weslin did so. His wife sat up in bed wrote in his book, The Gathering of deepened. He delved into the and asked when she could leave the the Lambs. “I just always happened to writings of Teresa of Avila, St. hospital. She left three days later. be there when it happened.” John of the Cross, and especially St. During his assignment in Japan, the Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion Corners, Wisconsin, to study for the and therefore, according to Catholic to Mary. priesthood. teaching, no laws at all. At age 49, he decided to see if he He estimates that at Sacred Heart, When arrested, they would assume could abandon everything to Jesus, located in Bishop Rembert the helplessness of an unborn child, through Mary, as Louis de Montfort Weakland’s diocese, about 40 refusing to speak or assist in their advised – literally. percent of the seminarians were arrest. He hitchhiked to Denver and hired practicing homosexuals. They would go limp when arrested, himself out as a sheepherder, ending After two years at the seminary, the refuse to give their names or up in the Black Mountains on the academic dean kicked him out for respond in court, and refuse to pay Colorado-Wyoming border with “one refusing to go to a class with bail or any fines. thousand sheep faces all looking at heretical teachings. They would offer up their suffering me,” and having no idea what to do. Weslin continued his studies at as “victim souls” to satisfy God’s A Basque sheepherder from Spain Mater Dei Seminary in Spokane, justice so that He would intercede appeared from nowhere and taught Washington. and stop the killing. him the ropes, probably rescuing him Following his priestly ordination at Gathering together Catholic from death by starvation or other age 56, he joined a small, orthodox followers of like mind, Weslin and mishap. order called the Oblates of Wisdom. his Lambs of Christ crisscrossed the He was hooked: abandonment to country, staging blitzkrieg abortion Jesus through Mary worked. Weslin had “rescued” – blockaded mill blockades in one city after After the sheepherding episode he the doors at abortion clinics – another. received his Master’s degree in several times, beginning in 1976, Whenever possible, they actually Theology at the Roman Catholic once with Bishop Austin Vaughan, entered the clinics. But inside or School of Applied Theology, part of his spiritual out, using heavy the Graduate Theological Union at director. Jail officials kryptonite locks, Berkeley, California – but not without On retired status clapped him in they would chain being utterly appalled by the often from his order in themselves to heretical and blasphemous teaching 1988, he took part solitary for offering concrete blocks or going on at the school. in a rescue in Mass while in prison inside old His participation in the pro-life Atlanta and went automobiles, movement began in 1969 when he led to Key Roads prison with 260 making it as hard as possible for a fight to defeat a bill in Colorado to others. police and firemen to remove them. legalize abortion. Jail officials clapped him in solitary Often, it would take police all Weslin and Mary Lou had been confinement for nine days for day, a full day in which no baby planning to teach the Indians about offering Mass while in prison. deaths occurred. And as Weslin Christ on the reservations in The Lambs of Christ concept came points out, Center for Disease Con- Wyoming. to him while he was in solitary. trol studies show that 20 percent of All their plans came to a screeching Shaping his philosophy and method mothers who are turned away from halt on July 2, 1980, when a car rear- for fighting abortion was the abortion mills never return to kill ended the Weslin’s car – their daughter theology he had found in St. Louis their babies. was driving – and Mary Lou was de Montfort’s “total abandonment The Lambs employed various killed. to Jesus through Mary,” combined methods for pumping up their esprit After 28 years of marriage to his with the mystical theology of the de corps, including humor. beloved Mary Lou, Weslin was like a victim soul exemplified by Blessed They had their own lingo: their lost soul, wandering from the home of Josefa Menendez. leaders were “shepherds” and one relative after another. He decided that the “scrawny “shepherdesses.” They traveled in a But finally accepting his loss as Lambs of Christ” would confront “Bedlamb” bus or a “Lambousine.” God’s will, he turned his home in satanic worldly authority as proxies Locked together in the clinic Colorado Springs into The Mary for the helpless babies killed by entry way, they would sing: Weslin Home for Pregnant, Unwed abortion. Mothers. The home would eventually They would perform acts of civil Paul and Silas went to jail, house over 250 mothers. disobedience; Weslin reasoned that Had no money for the bail. In 1982, at age 52, Weslin entered this was permissible because the Keep your eyes on the prize Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales laws they would break were unjust –hold on! Or: Mr. Policeman, tell me why of the first order.” But Father Weslin soldiered on. Unborn babies got to die. The Lambs spent over 100 days in In 2002 he was back in McKean Keep your eyes on the prize North Dakota jails. Stahl won an Prison again, serving a 5-month – hold on! Emmy for the story. sentence – this time for criminal But Weslin’s worst jail experience contempt – for praying inside a One of Weslin’s roughest came in Houston. There, a guard court-ordered 60-foot buffer zone at experiences occurred in 1989 at an spotted pro-life attorney John an abortion mill in Buffalo, New abortion mill blockade in West Broderick palming a Consecrated York. Hartford, Connecticut. Host to Weslin, which the priest In 2007 a federal jury in Omaha, Under the direct supervision of the slipped into his mouth. Nebraska, found him not guilty of local police chief, police handcuffed Three guards jumped him, kicked violating the FACE Act. He had Weslin behind his back. him in his back and handcuffed him, entered an abortion clinic, knelt and Then two officers yanked him off trying unsuccessfully to pry the Host prayed, and offered help to pregnant the ground by holding a nightstick from his mouth. women and clinic workers. between his handcuffed wrists Then they stripped him naked and More recently, he has traveled to – a torture technique called the left him lying on the floor for all to Illinois, Washington, D.C., Colorado strapado hold. They carried him to see. and Missouri. the paddy wagon and then up the After blockading the door of a When Father Weslin is not on the courtroom stairs hanging by his wrists Planned Parenthood clinic with an road, he spends hours praying at late- in an inverted “V,” with his head and old car in Rochester, New York, term abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s feet banging and dragging on the floor. Weslin served 4 months in McKean mill in Bellevue, Nebraska. The hold caused excruciating pain, Federal Prison near Erie, Father currently lives in Omaha. stopping the blood circulation in his Pennsylvania, in 1997, for violating wrists and pulling his arms out of their the FACE (Freedom of Access to SAVE THESE DATES! sockets. He never completely Clinic Entrances) Act. recovered the full use of his arms. The food and treatment at federal 10th Annual Maryland The other Lambs endured the same prisons weren’t so bad, he found. Truth Tour While at McKean, he completed a The hold caused 39-day water only spiritual fast and excruciating pain, pulling wrote almost 300 pages of his book. Over the years, the Lambs of Christ’s his arms out of their ranks were thinning. Police brutality sockets. – breaking arms, beatings and torture holds took their toll. Long prison treatment. sentences did too. CBS’s “60 Minutes” covered the Lambs’ arrests in Fargo, North Federal officials went after the property of pro-lifers using the RICO Dakota, in 1992 in a report highly (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt JULY 26- 30, 2010 biased against the group. Show our fellow citizens the ugly Organizations) Act. And the FACE Weslin, never one to mince words, evil truth about abortion Act, passed in 1994, was a major called reporter Lesley Stahl “the 60- factor in stopping the clinic Minute Jezebel – a barracuda feminazi blockades. Lambs of Christ founder needs your help By Missy Smith there a week later, commissioned to the same time, and when he looked take pictures for Defend Life of the across the desk in the St. Joseph I first saw Father Weslin when I peaceful presence of Dr. Alan Keyes County Jail, our eyes met and he said was in South Bend, Indiana. and of Father Norman Weslin something that made my heart sing. Having been arrested the week carrying a cross. He said, “They are waiting for before while saying the Holy Rosary I had no idea who this beautiful you in heaven!” on the grounds of Notre Dame, I was priest was. But we were arrested at Having lost four beautiful children, all I could think of was “Divine set-ups” by Mother Mary Father Weslin needs you to join him seeing those precious children again. which prepared you for your role in and all the other Lambs of Christ in It turned out that I would have her army. our efforts to stop the killing. Will the greatest honor of my life, which Father Weslin hopes that you you join him? was to accompany Fr. Norman will then be receptive to Mother If you are not sure, read this book Weslin to Washington from South Mary’s interior promptings, which from beginning to end. Bend and spend hours in his will cause you to recognize the The devil will try to stop you. He presence. inspirations of her Spouse, The Holy will move the book from your He had given me his book, The Spirit. bedside table. But he is a loser; Gathering of the Lambs, and These inspirations will then cause Father Weslin will make that although it is a full 500 pages, I you to want to respond to His abundantly clear to you in his book. couldn’t put it down. urgings, which will move you to Father wrote this most exciting come into the streets and shout the I couldn’t recommend this book book while he was in federal prison. Gospel of Life from the rooftops! more. It is not only a wonderful read He wrote it to bring readers out This is now being done using but a one of a kind book written by of their comfortable lifestyle and into legitimate, non-violent, direct action truly a living saint. the street as “victim souls” – to bring in civil disobedience which risks All donations are given to the Mary you in front of the place of evil, arrest – or by prayerful means which Weslin Home for Pregnant, Unwed where they are killing God’s do not risk arrest – using the Rosary Mothers, which was started by Father children, and there to shout the and the image of Our Lady of Weslin after his wife Mary Lou was Gospel of Life from the rooftops as Guadalupe as our weapons of Divine killed in a car accident. Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, Love to stop the killing of Jesus He turned their home in Colorado has asked him to do, as a missionary Christ’s children while they are still Springs, Colorado, into a home for priest of Jesus Christ – and asked in the womb, his old folks while they unwed mothers and saved over 200 you, as a Roman Catholic – one of are silent and defenseless, and his babies. “The Remnant.” retarded children while they are To order the book or for more Father Weslin has been trying to do unaware of the evil being information, contact Missy Smith at this for 25 years. He is now asking done to them. email@example.com or phone you to join him. He has found God’s Father Weslin says in this book that her at 202-337-1966. method of doing this by living out if you have assets or are raising a Or contact The Mary Weslin Homes “The Mystical Theology of the family, it is best that you do not risk for Pregnant, Unwed Mothers, P.O. Victim Soul” as a “Lamb of Christ.” arrest. Box 241281, Omaha, Nebraska This means total abandonment of There are those of us who are 68124, or phone 402-3336167 or oneself to Jesus Christ, through unattached – who do not have assets, 402-697-0533. Mary, in the way of Divine Love. nor are we raising families. We are Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go By means of this book of “lived free to risk arrest in civil to www.maryweslinhomes.org. experiences,” he shows you – the disobedience to confront the tyranny 65.l million Roman Catholics of the in our government and to stop the United States – how to become one killing. of the millions of ordinary people He explains that this is why they put whom he is asking to come out into Jesus in jail – He was civilly the streets as God’s people did in disobedient. Russia just a few years ago. He is asking you to join him in this His writings show you that this is the God-given method of defeating Satan ultimate method of defeating Satan. in this colossal war between good To prove this, he draws a portrait of and evil. his own life in which he was If you are reading this book, you are prepared by Mary to “confront very likely a member of “The satanic worldly authority” with Remnant” being called by the “helplessness.” Blessed Lady to live out your role as He draws this portrait of himself for a “victim soul” – as a “Lamb of you in the hope that you will look Christ” – to fulfill the scripture into your own life to recognize the passage of Genesis 3:15.