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.
Lairen Vogan is the Administrative 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.
Hello, my name is Raymond Mui and I have recently joined the
Priests for Life team in February 2013, as a Resource Associate in their
Staten Island office. I am a recent graduate of Stony Brook University
where I received my bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Business
Administration. A very good friend of mine informed me of Priests for
Life and encouraged me to look into their organization. I volunteered in
their office for a few weeks and I was very moved and impressed to see
everyone around me working together to achieve a shared mission. I look
forward to learning more from the wonderful staff and growing to be a
part of this amazing family!
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
Hello, my name is Francesca Daniela Teves and I’m the newest member of
the Priests For Life family. I work in the Speaker’s Bureau Department
wherein my day to day duties involve working with coordinators from all
across the US and across the globe who invite our priests or speakers to
either attend their events or visit their local parishes to speak or
preach about Pro-Life.
I used to work as a Risk Management Associate for a large multi-national
company for over ten years but somehow felt that my life needed to go
another direction. When the opportunity came for me to work for Priests
for Life, I took the chance and have not regretted it since. I have
always been a firm believer of Pro-Life and being given this opportunity
to work alongside hard working, passionate and dedicated people in this
ministry give me so much inspiration. Now I feel that the work I now do
has a purpose and meaning because it is not just a job but it is a
mission to save the lives of the unborn children who cannot fight for
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!
To all my brothers and sisters of the world,
Priest For Life has given me an awesome opportunity to join them in
promoting the culture of “LIFE” in and around our world. The
correspondence department has now a new bilingual addition to their
team. After 15 years of experience as a crisis pregnancy consultant and
having worn many hats down the line, joining Priests for Life is truly
an honor. I feel drawn at each moment to invite all around me to embrace
our God given right to defend life to its fullest from the moment of
conception to the moment of our last breathe. Let us not be silent but
in diligent action and with love move forward to a definite end to
We must not sleep on this, but be fully awake at such a decisive hour.
Let us remember that this type of evil can not be remedied by action
alone but must be accompanied by prayer. We can make a change with the
help of God in His angels and saints. In this, I quote Mother Teresa of
Calcutta, by saying ”Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to
accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in
His love than in your own weakness.” You and I, we are the Church,
no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people
are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus made it very clear.
Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a
glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive
There is an ultimate need to educate in TRUTH, meditate in ACTION, and
teach PERSERVERINGLY to everyone around you. With that note my brethren
I send you all a warm embrace and welcome to continue using GOOD
resources to save the innocent unborn.
My name is Victor
Manabat. I am a new hire and started August 3rd 2009 assigned in the IT
Department. I live not too far from the office and that was how I was able to
see this organization during my job hunting walk around the area. Upon seeing
Priests for Life in my neighborhood, I immediately went home and visited the
website to learn more about this organization. I was so impressed and amazed at
the purpose and the mission of Priests for Life, that I made it my top priority
to apply for any position, send in my resume and pursue being a part of this
family-oriented workplace. In my past work experience, I have been affiliated
with the Don Bosco School in the Philippines where I worked as a teacher. I am
so happy and proud in knowing that I can add value to what this organization
aims for which is ultimately to save precious lives.
Israel Horn is the
Assistant Director of Development at Priests for Life. He works with the D.C.
location as part of the fund raising team along with Jerry Horn and Frank
Norris, building relationships with the major donors through meaningful
conversations and personal prayer. He also informs current and prospective
donors of giving opportunities. Having been immersed in the pro-life battle his
entire life, Israel’s sincere love commitment to Jesus, the Lord of Life,
continues to push him on as he pursues the eradication of abortion. Israel and
his wife Sarah have been blessed with four children.
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.
Hi, my name is John
Fagundes. In 2001, I moved from California to Staten Island, NY to work at
Priests for Life headquarters. I work in the Correspondence/ Public Outreach
Department. We respond to correspondence and phone calls from people who inquire
about our resources and various aspects of abortion, euthanasia, and pro-life
It is encouraging to hear from clergy and lay people who are actively involved
in promoting the Culture of Life and assisting parents and babies in need. I am
grateful for the opportunities to help parents choose Life through our
collaboration with the national pregnancy help networks, Heartbeat International
and Care Net, at
We also reach out to parents who regret their abortions, seeking forgiveness and
healing. Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries at
www.rachelsvineyard.org has helped
many post-abortive parents experience God's love and compassion.
My name is
Catherine Anderson. I work in the Gift Entry Department. I have known Fr. Frank
since he came to St. Charles as a Parochial Vicar and it was because of him and
his passion that I became involved in the Pro-Life movement. I attended many
marches in Washington, spent time in prayer outside of hospitals and on street
corners and outside an abortion clinic in Brooklyn.
I worked in Manhattan for 25 years for an insurance brokerage and then I retired
to care of my grandson. He is now in second grade in St. Charles and I felt it
was time for me to return to work. I am very proud to be a part of this
spiritual family that is working to put an end to abortion.
The most profound way I
came to the truth about abortion was through the scriptures - especially
these two passages.
Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you
were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
Psalm 135:13: “For you
created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.”
In the years following I participated in various pro-life activities
within my parish and community in Maryland where I was born and raised.
I came across the Job Opportunity page on the
Priests for Life Website,
a website I had referred to often for information to use in my Parish
pro-life work. In 2001, I left home and family to work at headquarters
in Staten Island, NY where I remained until 2005 when I moved to the
Washington, DC headquarters.
Through my work at Priests for Life I have come to see many aspects of
this tragedy – from a theological point of view and from the point of
view of the baby and the woman. As a result the desire in me has only
increased – not just to limit abortion but to END it.
My work as an Administrative
Assistant includes, but is not limited to, extensive work on the many websites
that we maintain, managing Fr. Pavone’s numerous audio recordings and radio
spots, creating brochures, flyers and ads, and assisting with the Silent No More
Hi, my name is Susan
DeLuca and I work at Priests For Life as a travel coordinator in the
Speaker’s Bureau. I have been with Priests for Life since April 18, 2006.
I have always been pro-life; however, working at
Priests For Life has opened my eyes to the realization of how abortion hurts
women. Even though I am a single woman, my heart goes out to all the
babies in this world who were not born and the hurting men and women out there
because of the lies they been have told.
I lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the 1990’s
and I moved back to New York in 1998. A very good friend of mine, who
lives in Florida, saw a posting on the Priests For Life website for the ministry
needing a travel coordinator. She e-mailed me the information on the
position and told me that I would be perfect for the job. The rest is
history. I am very happy working here because I finally feel that I am
working for an organization where I am trying to make a difference in God’s
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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