Terri Schiavo remembered at Ave Maria
by Renee Stoll, Reporter
Fox4now.com, Cape Coral, FL
April 1, 2009
Terry Schiavo's life remembered in a special mass at Ave Maria Tuesday. She was
the Tampa woman whose feeding tube was removed at the request of her husband,
Michael Schiavo. Schiavo's parents tried to fight the order to remove their
daughter's feeding tube. They say Terri was fully alive and didn't need anything
besides assistance to feed herself to stay alive. The case went all the way to
the U.S. Supreme Court.
A spokesperson for Ave Maria University says Father Frank Pavone, the priest by
Schiavo's side when she died, called university founder Tom Monoghan to set up
the mass. Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler was surprised by the outpouring of
support at the mass, "I'm just overwhelmed quite honestly. My family never
expected to see this many people today."
Regulars at Ave Maria's afternoon mass tell me it had double the amount of
people that normally attend. Many drove a great distance to come. One man told
me he watched the Schiavo case unfold on TV and struggled with the outcome
himself. "You get caught in the conflict is what I'm saying. When you get into
that, each person has to make their own judgment," Joe Hann tells me.
Many that attended the mass tell me they found out about it through a pro-life
website. Terri Schiavo's family created a foundation to keep her memory alive
and help others in her situation. The website is terrisfight.org.
RENEE STOLL, REPORTER