MEDFORD — Connie Moyer is 73, but has the heart and spirit of a teenager on fire to help others.

Those who know her say she doesn’t shy away from saying “yes” to any program that helps the needy in her community, especially young mothers. One of her favorite projects is Magdalene Home, which serves young women with unexpected pregnancies.

For her many years of service to Medford, Sacred Heart Parish and the surrounding area, Moyer has been named the Oregon Knights of Columbus “Lady of the Year.”

“Connie Moyer is an awesome example for everyone at Magdalene Home to look up to,” said Ron Boyce, the Knights’ state deputy. “She is a true blessing for the Sacred Heart community and the southern Oregon area.”

Moyer grew up in Vale in eastern Oregon, but moved to the Rogue Valley to attend Southern Oregon College (now university) in Ashland. After graduation, she taught social studies in Medford.

She and her husband, Richard, were married at Sacred Heart Church in Medford in 1973. They have two sons, Todd and Brian, and four grandchildren.

Her charitable outreach began when she asked the Knights of Columbus Rogue River Council to establish a parishwide fundraising dinner to support the Magdalene Home and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Moyer is the past Regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Mary #1800. Through her leadership, the Catholic Daughters work closely with the Knights on year-round events.

Within her parish, she was director of religious education and oversaw the parish youth program.

“Over the years, Connie has been an integral part of the Sacred Heart funeral reception team that last year assisted at more than 60 funerals,” said Joe Schaecher, a Knights’ district deputy. “She has been on all of the parish committees and is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. She also finds time to manage the Sunday morning parish outreach program that includes coffee and doughnuts after Masses.”

In 2001, Moyer — along with now-Bishop Liam Cary, then pastor of Sacred Heart — helped establish the first safe house in the Rogue Valley for young pregnant girls called Magdalene Home.

She was its first director and house mom and set the standard that is still used today.

Magdalene Home has housed, educated and prepared nearly 245 moms and their babies to live safely on their own.

Moyer remains on the Magdalene Home board of directors and currently is its president. She also is a vibrant member of the Red Hat Club, which raises funds annually for Magdalene Home.

Schaecher called Moyer “an exceptional example of a lay Catholic leader.” Even her hobby of quilting raises money to help others. Members of her local quilting club, the Stitchers, sew and donate quilts to patients at local hospitals.

Moyer and Richard, the Knights of Columbus Rogue River Council’s financial secretary, are major donors to the Angel Banquet, which is Magdalene Home’s signature fundraising event.

“Leading by example, she fills a table at the banquet and encourages other board members to also fill at least one table,” Schaecher said.

Battling cancer for the last 15 years has not slowed Moyer as she engaged in community outreach.

“Knowing what she is going through and imagining the ongoing challenge, a normal person cannot see that she has slowed down, because her love and determination to stay active in her parish community are so especially important to her daily life,” Schaecher said.