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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.

Diana Sousa Diana Sousa

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.
    
Rico Cairme
 
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.

   
Rashed Espejon

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.
   
  Anthony Vento

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 interest more.

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 Priesthood.

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!
   
Michael Vento

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 human DNA).

Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your loved ones now and forever!
Lairen Vogan

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.

  Evelyn Cruz

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 is sacred. 
  Georgio

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

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.
  Eugene Vigil

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!
   
Sal Manno

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.

 

Catherine Anderson

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.

 

Marie Elliott

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.

 

Christine Kessler

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 that happen.

 

 

Angela Aspromonte

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.

 
Danielle Malina-Jones

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 Life.

Read about some of our past employees.

 

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