Voices Online Edition
Vol. XXIX, No. 2
30th Anniversary Issue
WFF/Voices Board Members’ Remembrances of Helen
WFF’s vice president, Sherry Tyree, sent some of the responses she got to the news of Helen’s passing. Those from the members of our board of directors and editorial board were particularly thoughtful.
Helen Hull Hitchcock leaves behind grown daughters, grandchildren and her husband, Dr. James Hitchcock. In addition she leaves behind a host of friends whose lives are so much the better for having known Helen. As one friend wrote, “Helen was such a gift to the Church and such an articulate spokesperson for Catholic women. She will be missed terribly by those of us who looked to her for truth, inspiration and courage.”
The tributes and prayers continue to come in…..
This hasn’t sunk in to me yet. I can hardly believe it’s possible. What a hole in my life — in our lives. May she be welcomed and made glorious in Heaven, may she be blessed forever. In Jesus’ Name....
This is devastating news. Helen is one of the few people I consider irreplaceable. She was a great mentor to me as well as a good friend. I remember when I stopped reporting for the National Catholic Register after my editor left and I became too busy as a home health nurse. Helen immediately asked me to write for Voices. When I told her I was too busy with work, single motherhood, etc. and only wanted to do my email lists and some occasional freelance work, she told me that I needed to write regularly and that I wouldn’t have the discipline to do this unless I wrote for Voices. She was right, as usual.
She was always so strong, a light in the darkness, encouraging women not to be intimidated by the loud feminist voices and to be true to the authentic feminine vocation of mother, teacher and woman of faith.
--Mary Ellen Bork
Helen’s death leaves us all terribly bereaved. God will reward her for the great and good work that she has done, for her faith, her example, her courage, and the warm charity she showed to all. Helen had patience and great good humor, and was a wonderful companion. She spoke on controversial issues — the role of women in the Church, the debates on abortion and the sanctity of human life — with conviction and with knowledge, always teaching the full Catholic message and never with anger or with ill will to those whose understanding was less than hers or who opposed the Church.
I remember with gratitude the wonderful hospitality given to me by the Hitchcocks when I was in St. Louis, the house full of books and music, wonderful meals around the family table, and conversation so interesting and so exciting that it was extremely hard to finish the evening and accept the necessity of going to bed ... a family united in faith and in affection, with a welcome that was a joy for every guest.
Helen leaves us with a vision of Christian women’s authentic role in the Church and in society: forward-looking, active, joyful in adherence to the Catholic Faith and the consistent and unchanging teachings of the Church, and keen to evangelize.
So many of us with be remembering Helen before God today, giving thanks for all that she taught us, and accompanying her with our prayers as she goes to meet the Father.
Helen Hull Hitchcock was a true Daughter of God. I recall a visit to her home, early in my association with Women for Faith and Family, where she showed me a stained glass window in the little room set aside for her prayer. Everything Helen did for the Church began with prayer.
Helen’s love for the Church was fierce. It could never be business as usual in the Hitchcock household when the Church was maligned. Helen had a warrior’s heart and feared no battle to defend Holy Mother Church.
Helen Hitchcock inspired so many of us. She taught me the value of taking action, no matter how great the odds against victory — because the Victory is in God’s hands, not ours. She is irreplaceable.
May God shower the Hitchcock family with consolation.
--Mary Jo Anderson
Helen Hull Hitchcock was one of the most remarkable persons that I have ever known. I have valued her friendship and leadership for more than 30 years. She was an amazing witness to the faith and a true evangelizer.
Her many gifts and talents, her great intelligence, her leadership and her insights into the nature of the crises, (especially the feminist crisis) facing the Church and the culture provided a light in the darkness for so many. She loved truth, goodness and beauty and knew that the foundation of all these essentials was found in the Church founded by Jesus Christ.
Of her life, she could truly say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (II Tim 4:7)
My heart is heavy, such a wonderful mother, wife and champion of the Catholic faith. I will miss her on so many levels. I am sure Jesus will open His arms wide for her.
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