Leaders for Life: Madison Schulte
Madison Schulte was deservedly honored with the St. John Paul II Champions for Life Award in the Youth/Young Adult category in 2014. With this award, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis recognized Maddie’s many actions on behalf of preborn children.
Now a freshman at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, Maddie is an officer with the Students for Life club on campus, helping with pro-life events and planning future activities, and attending as many conferences and events as she is able. She hasn’t yet decided on a career path, although she’s very interested in opening a shelter for pregnant women and/or finding a role working in politics. Maddie’s pro-life activism started years ago. She has already participated in four national Marches for Life and one St. Paul March for Life. In 2013, she started a Students for Life group at Mahtomedi High School despite hurdles thrown in her way by school administrators and opposition from pro-abortion students. But once up and going, it was an active group. “We did not let any of this opposition discourage us,” Maddie said. And the first time the group prayed outside Planned Parenthood, they helped save a baby! The group also collected baby items for a local pregnancy help center, participated in the pro-life National Day of Silence, and had bi-weekly meetings to educate the members of the group. When Maddie graduated, the group continued under new leadership.
When asked what she would tell people her age regarding the pro-life cause, Maddie quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. — ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’
“Our generation will be the generation to end this war on women and on babies,” Maddie said, “but we have to become educated and know how to properly defend the unborn. It is easy and comfortable to be silent, but easy and comfortable won’t save lives, easy and comfortable won’t end this mass murdering of children, and easy and comfortable won’t change hearts. Pope Benedict tells us that ‘we are not made for comfort; we are made for greatness.’ So let us all be great.”