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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
  • 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 in the monthly Word of Life
  • coordinate/advise on public policy efforts concerning these issues
  • assist dioceses to implement major pro-life programs
  • provide a variety of other e-subscriptions

The current Committee serves from November 2018 to November 2021 and is chaired by Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS.

The Committee


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

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore

Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Archbishop of Portland in Oregon

Most Reverend Jacob Angadiath
Bishop of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago

Most Reverend James D. Conley
Bishop of Lincoln

Most Reverend Felipe J. Estévez
Bishop of St. Augustine

Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre
Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux,

Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr.
Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph


Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap
Archbishop of Boston

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville

Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami

Most Reverend Brendan J. Cahill
Bishop of Victoria in Texas

Most Reverend Martin D. Holley
Bishop Emeritus of Memphis

Most Reverend David A. Konderla
Bishop of Tulsa

Most Reverend Steven J. Lopes
Bishop of the Chair of Saint Peter

Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix

Most Reverend David L. Ricken
Bishop of Green Bay

Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz
Bishop of El Paso

Most Reverend Joseph L. Coffey
Auxiliary Bishop
Archdiocese for the Military Services

Most Reverend William J. Waltersheid
Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh

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

Colleen Carroll Campbell

Luisa de Poo
Associate Director of Pro-Life Activites, Diocese of Austin

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V.
Superior General, Sisters of Life

Ronald Johnson, Jr.
Executive Director, Arizona Catholic Conference

Patrick E. Kelly
Deputy Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

Elizabeth Kirk

Joseph Meaney, Ph.D.
President, National Catholic Bioethics Center

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

Kathleen Raviele, MD
Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Consultant to the President, Catholic Medical Association

Natasha Wilson, Ph.D.
Archdiocese of Baltimore

Staff - Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

Tom Grenchik, Executive Director
Greg Schleppenbach, Associate Director
Mary McClusky, Assistant Director for Project Rachel Ministry Development
Anne McGuire, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach
Katherine Talalas, Assistant Director for Pro-Life Communications
Kimberly Baker, Programs and Projects Coordinator
Teresa Mutchler, Executive Assistant
Christopher McCaffery, Program Associate for External Communications
Denisha Brinkley, Program Associate for Internal Communications

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