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Who We Are


We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.

U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, November 2001

The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, under the guidance and direction of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death, and organize for its protection.

To serve this goal we:

  • Develop educational material on pro-life issues
  • conduct educational campaigns in the Church – e.g.,
  • conduct educational campaigns in the public square – radio, print, exhibit
  • circulate fact sheets and other information on critical issues
  • publish Life Issues Forum, a biweekly column for Catholic newspapers
  • publish Life Insight newsletter
  • encourage and enable programs to meet the needs of pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities, those who are sick or dying, and all who have been involved in abortion
  • provide dioceses with pro-life liturgical suggestions each month
  • coordinate/advise on public policy efforts concerning these issues
  • assist dioceses to implement major pro-life programs

The current Committee serves from November 2012 to November 2015 and is chaired by Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston.


The Committee


Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Chairman
Archbishop of Boston

Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore

Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann
Archbishop of Kansas City, KS

Most Reverend Paul P. Chomnycky, OSBM
Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford

Most Reverend Felipe J. Estévez
Bishop of St. Augustine

Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester

Most Reverend Martin D. Holley
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington


Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami

Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Most Reverend David L. Ricken
Bishop of Green Bay

Helen Alvaré, Esq.
Law Professor, George Mason University School of Law

Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

John F. Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L.
Director of Institutional Relations, National Catholic Bioethics Center

John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L.
President, National Catholic Bioethics Center

Fr. J. Daniel Mindling
Academic Dean, Mount St. Mary's Seminary

Gail Quinn
Executive Director Emeritus, Pro-Life Secretariat

Michael Scott
Director, District of Columbia Catholic Conference

Staff - Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

Tom Grenchik, Executive Director
Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director
Deirdre McQuade, Assistant Director for Pro-Life Communications
Mary McClusky, Assistant Director for Project Rachel Ministry Development
Anne McGuire, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach
Kimberly Baker, Programs and Projects Coordinator
Teresa Mutchler, Executive Assistant
Mary Prentis, Staff Assistant
Aaron Weldon, Staff Assistant

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