Priests for Life Employee Highlights
We are blessed at Priests for Life with some 60 employees. On this page, you
will be able to meet a few of them and hear what motivates them and enriches
them in working with the Church’s largest pro-life ministry.
My name is Donna, I am the new addition to the Priest for Life in
the Resource Department.
I was born in the Philippines and immigrated to NYC in 1985 with my
parents and 3 brothers. Just like your typical woman, I love to shop
especially if it’s on sale or I have a coupon for it. On the
weekends you can find me at Englishtown Flea Market selling
charcoaled grilled to perfection BBQ chicken or pork from our family
friend’s food truck called “The Bubbas’ Barbikyu”. Having a family
member who is in the spectrum, I am involved in any volunteer work
when it comes to AUTISM SPEAKS/WALK.
It’s an honor to be a part of an organization who is passionately
dedicated in saving precious lives who does not have a voice. I’ve
been married for 5yrs and praying everyday God will grant us our
gift of life.
Hello my name is Crissy and I started working at Priests for Life May 2015 in the Gift Entry Department. I heard about Priests for Life from my childhood friend Rico who also works here. When I came to Priests for Life and heard all the wonderful things Father Frank has done and continues to do with Priests for Life opened my eyes more to all the unspoken lives in the world. Working here will give me the opportunity to grow spiritually as well as mentally. Here at Priests for Life we continue doing the wonderful things we have been able to accomplish. I’m extremely blessed, inspired and grateful to be able to know I am doing God’s will of saving lives.
I’m honored to join the Rachel’s Vineyard team as the new
Administrative Assistant! I’m number two of Theresa and Kevin
Burke’s five wonderful children. I graduated from West Chester
University in 2014, where I studied Psychology. I’m a lover of all
things related to music! I play the mandolin, guitar, ukulele, and I
absolutely love to sing. I have a puppy named Prudence, a nod to my
family’s love of the Beatles. I am also an avid baker. I think RV
could use a fundraising baking department. I’m thinking “Katie
Cakes” or a “Cup-Kates” bakery? All proceeds will, of course, go to
Hello, my name is Diana. I currently hold a position at Priest for Life as a Travel Coordinator in the Speaker Bureau Department.
I have worked in the banking industry for many years and decided that I needed a change in my work environment. I have a strong passion for helping others and wanted to work for or work with a non-profit organization. After intense discernment I made the decision to join Priest for Life. This opportunity will allow me to grow both professionally and personally. It is a true blessing to be part of their mission and team.
I was born in Philippines and raised in New York in the early 1980’s.I
have many hobbies from basketball, bowling and health & fitness. Through
my years of schooling I’ve learned that society and people go hand and
hand to making this world a better place; whether if you are an
individual or in a group. Working in the retail industry for fifteen
years for a Fortune 1000 company I have excelled in business management
and customer service.
I’m currently active with my church Singles Ministry since 1998. It’s
called Bukas Loo’b Sa Diyos (BLD) Open your Heart To Jesus Ministry.
I’ve volunteered my time and efforts in bringing young adults closer to
their faith and personal relationship to Jesus. Also our community has
an array of volunteer programs throughout the year that serves the NY/NJ
areas through soup kitchens, volunteer at nursing homes, fund raisers,
retreats and other church activities.
My new journey in serving the Priests For Life is not to just educate
myself but to also bridge the gap, to fill the void that a countless
number of individuals have questions in their hearts.
My personal quote: “It’s not how we can fit God in to our lives. But how
can we fit our lives into God’s plan.
Hello, my name is Rashed. I work for Priests For Life as a Travel
Coordinator in the Speakers Bureau Department.
It is truly a blessing to be part of a culture and mission to fight for
life in this culture of death.
Working for Priests for Life not only opened my mind, heart, and soul to
the Pro-life movement, but it has also created a sense of who I am and
what my purpose and calling is.
To arrive at the conclusion to the problem of which knowledge is
possible, the philosopher Descartes decided to be skeptical about
everything. His approach was simple, he was going to doubt everything in
an attempt to arrive at that which is certain and cannot be distrusted.
Using a conjecture of dreams to accomplish this task, he reached the
conclusion that if he questioned his existence, he was thinking and one
must exist in order to think.
Therefore, the ability to reflect on himself thinking was that which
could not be doubted and served as a foundation to prove the existence
of that which is outside of his person. In the following composition, I
will arrive at the same conclusion in a much less galvanizing fashion.
As a boy I had an endearing relationship with my father in which our
allegiance to our faith was often exhibited in daily Masses, Rosaries
and Novenas. I never gave thought to the possibility of a vocation
though. Neither did I ever venture to assist at the altars as most of my
schoolmates did. My faith was at the filial level and didn't seek
existence in any other ambit. I was content with my relation to God,
that I strengthened from the pews and had no rousing to be on the altar
rather than before it. I had no gripes with the life of a Priest, but
the life of a teacher, athlete and even librarian seemed to captivate my
This shows my immature understanding of the Priesthood, for it is not a
profession, but a calling in its truest sense and a life lead with the
Lord. I was sought by the hounds of Heaven and pursued this calling. Due
to unforeseen circumstances, I have had to postpone my studies for the
However, God writes straight with crooked lines and I have found work
with Priests For Life; an organization under the title and leadership of
Priests, which defends Life. Life is sacred and there is a principle of
organization and development for each zygote, which, if left to natural
growth, would produce a viable life. I will ever be mindful of this and
work at my role of Correspondence Associate for the Priests For Life
with ardor and devotion!
Hello, my name is Michael. After almost four years of volunteering and
discerning, my prayer for God to provide a way for me to support myself
was answered. I believe, as is had been said, that coincidences are
God’s way of remaining anonymous. It was through a series of these
“coincidences” that I find myself blessed to be the Technical Assistant
at Priests for Life.
I am especially thankful to be here because I sadly do not recall having
ever done anything to defend the defenseless before. Now, I can be
confident that when I am near my judgment, I will receive peace from
what I have done here since it has been written that, “So also faith of
itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:17.
I am Pro-Life because of what I know from my faith and what I learned in
my elementary school science class. A zygote is a human being. That
“single cell” is both alive (having the five characteristics of a living
organism) and is a separate human life from her mother (having unique
Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your loved ones now and
Lairen Vogan is the Executive Assistant for Rachel’s Vineyard
Ministries International Offices in Pennsylvania. She currently holds a
bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern University. She
heard about Rachel’s Vineyard through her good friend Kate and
immediately wanted to become involved with its wonderful ministry. She
hopes to one day obtain her masters in Clinical Counseling, so that she
can help those in need. Lairen enjoys spending time with her family and
loves to sing, read and paint.
My name is Evelyn Cruz and I am new in the Finance dept. I thank Fr.
Frank, Janet Morana, Anthony DeStefano and Danielle Malina-Jones for
giving me the opportunity to work with Priest For Life. I have been
married for 25 years. After suffering 7 heartbreaking miscarriages I
consider my 2 daughters a blessing. I feel I am truly blessed because
God has also given me the opportunity to work alongside such dedicated
people respecting God's commandment “Thou Shall Not Kill” as human life
Georgio is our office mascot at the NY headquarters of Priests for Life.
He is a Shi-Tzu breed, and comes from Ohio. He was born in April of
2010, and joyfully greets everyone in the office amidst playing with his
many toys. The staff refer to him as “Prince Puppy.”
Gianni is our second office mascot at the NY headquarters of Priests for Life.
He is a Shi-Tzu breed, and also comes from Ohio. He was born in 2011.
Hello, my name is Eugene Vigil. I am the 4th of 9 children of devout
Catholics. I was born in Morelia, Mexico, DF in 1958 while my parents
were working with the Catholic missions. We moved back to the US when I
was eight years old, first to Mora, NM, then to Houston, TX, and in 1969
we moved to Atlanta, Georgia where I grew up.
My introduction into the pro-life movement began slowly with my dad
telling me about Fr. Frank Pavone becoming the National Director of
Priests for Life in Texas. I thought it was wonderful but I didn’t get
involved at that time. Then in 2003 I took my daughter, then 18, to a
fashion show on dressing modestly. I didn’t know it was for mothers and
their 10-12 year old daughters. Luckily, we met a woman who ran a CPC at
the event which was a fundraiser for the CPC where we began volunteering
and later I left my job to work there full-time for about 7 months. It
was there that I met Dr. Alveda King. At about the same time, my dad
bought me tickets to a fundraising dinner for Seamless Garment Ministry
(SGM), a ministry that provided shelter and various programs for women
in an unplanned pregnancy who found themselves homeless but chose to
give life to their babies.
When God has plans for you he doesn’t mess around. He puts you in the
deep end and lets you go at it. But there’s no need to be afraid because
He is always there with a watchful eye making sure you don’t drown.
In January 2009 I was transferred to Virginia Beach, VA with my job. It
went well for some time but I really missed being involved in the
pro-life movement. I still did volunteer work with SGM from long
distance (newsletters and updating the mailing list) but I wanted more.
The opportunity to work for Priests for Life came in mid 2010. It was
the answer to my prayers. I had just made the decision that I needed to
find a new job as the one I was in was not going anywhere. I wanted more
for my life and I wanted to do God’s will. I also wanted to do pro-life
work. I am so honored and blessed to be able to work for Priests for
Life and with Dr. Alveda King. I rely on God for my strength and to Him
goes the glory!
Hi, my name is Sal Manno
and I work directly with the Donors of Priests For Life. This work has been
extremely rewarding for me because it allows me the opportunity to hear the
thoughts and minds of our benefactors who truly carry our work on their
shoulders with their generous donations.
Many years ago I was studying to be a priest but eventually left the seminary in
pursuit of life as a layman. Over the years I stumbled through several jobs
hoping to find something that was truly spiritually rewarding and I have finally
found that with Priests For Life. I have found that working for the unborn is
truly an act of mercy because these are souls who cannot help themselves and
rely completely on us to do something about the danger they face.
My name is Marie Elliott this coming year will
be seven years with Priests for Life. I work in the Gift Entry
Department where I along with my colleagues process all donations coming
in to Priests for Life, and I also process donations for National
Pro-Life Religious Council which is also affiliated with Priest for
Life. I have always been Pro-Life because I am an Evangelical Christian
but being in a setting like this made me realize that we are in a baby
killing crisis and it’s a battle that we have to fight till the end.
Fr Frank has been an inspiration to me in
speaking up for the unborn and I am proud to be a part of Priest for life
because I know even if I cannot be on a platform speaking up for the unborn
whatever I do at Priest for life I do it whole heartedly because I am a true
believer in this cause and whatever donations I process I know at the end f
the day it goes towards helping save some innocent ones who just don’t have
a voice to speak up for themselves. Praise the Lord most high.
My name is Christine Kessler. I have worked with
Priests for Life for over three years now. I work in the Gift Entry
Department. It was supposed to be a temporary position but I enjoyed
working in my department so much I wanted to stay. I process the
donations that are sent in by generous donors like you. I also handle any
donations that are sent in for our Rachel’s Vineyard ministries.
Sometimes it may seem tedious doing the same thing everyday but it is an
important job. Fr. Frank and our other pastoral associates are able to visit
you and your communities because of the donations you send us.
I was always brought up in a pro-life family. I
went to catholic school my whole life; I even chose a catholic college. It
is great being able to work in an environment where your morals and beliefs
are not challenged. I value being part of this organization because it
is changing the way America thinks about Abortion. It is amazing when you
can see a child and mother happy together, and know that you helped make
Hello, my name is
Angela and I am the Receptionist at Priests for Life. Working
at Priests For Life Is not a job but a mission. I feel privileged
working in an organization with such dedicated people all working to
put an end to abortion and help in the healing of the mothers and
who have experienced this horrific act. When I go home at night I
may be tired but I feel a sense of accomplishment.
My name is Danielle Malina-Jones and my journey
with Priests for Life began in May 2004. I was working temporarily as
an assistant in the Finance Department and was blessed to be provided with
the opportunity to be employed full time with Priests for Life. Each
year that I have been with Priests for Life has proven to be one that has
educated and inspired me to continue to excel at my position in order to aid
in the Fight to End Abortion. Working alongside Fr. Frank Pavone,
Anthony DeStefano, Janet Morana and Jerry Horn has inspired me to put my all
into my work. What impressed me the most about this organization was
that they are not only Fighting to End Abortion but they are available to
help aid in the healing of men and women who have suffered through an
abortion. I am looking forward to my future years with Priests for
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