Priests for Life Employee Highlights - Former Employees
Jed Belaguas is a passionate communicator and technology specialist
who brings four years of marketing experience to Priests for Life.
Having worked previously in various industries for non-profit and
private organizations, he wishes to use the social media, design,
and digital creation skills for the Church and greater good of
society. He believes in unity and solidarity, equity for all, and
selfless service for a just cause.
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
Catherine has retired but continues to volunteer.
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.
Victor has moved out of the New York area.
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.
John moved back
to California with his family.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Steve moved back
I have been active in the prolife movement since before 9-11. I
started with praying the rosary in front of an abortion clinic, which
led to sidewalk counseling, and eventually to holding the graphic images
in public. I spent some time as an executive director of a pregnancy
help center, and spent a year in the seminary studying and discerning
Happily I am able to take a position with an organization like Priests
for Life. I have always seen Priests for life as being on the cutting
edge of the pro-life movement. It is good to work with so many dedicated
and faithful people.
David is pursuing other opportunities
Hello my name is David.
The pro-life seed was planted in me in 2003 when I went to do a
television production internship in Washington, DC. The woman who owned
the company was a member of Emily’s List. After leaving that internship,
I knew something in my heart was telling me that our culture was not
right. Not until the 2004 elections did I start to seriously question my
faith and the abortion issue. I prayed before Our Lord in the Blessed
Sacrament exposed and asked “What should I do?” I left the chapel and
went straight to the nearest Catholic bookstore to get any information
on anything related to pro-life. The rest is history.
I entered into the Missionaries of
the Gospel of Life (MEV) in August 2007 with an open heart. By far, it has been
the best experience of my life. I’ve been in New York now since January 2008. My
duties have been to personally assist Fr. Frank Pavone and Janet Morana with
various tasks such as media outreach, updating our audio/video database, make
various donor calls to our benefactors, and occasionally assisting on travels.
Each day is a challenge and a rewarding one. The fact that I sacrifice my
desires for the sake of God and his creation is something I can never turn away
from. Human lives are at stake and I know being here each day makes a big
My favorite quote that I use is
that of Mother Teresa, who is also an inspiration for the MEV's, “I do not pray
for success, I ask for faithfulness”
Oreo passed away in March 2010
Oreo is our office
mascot, keeping the staff company at the main office and barking at any
pro-choice dogs who walk by.
Justin is a missionary for FOCUS and
is married with a baby daughter
Justin Harper is here on his second
internship with Priests For Life. Uprooting from Seattle, WA and driving
cross-country to arrive here for the summer, he will be working with us for
shy under two months, before traveling to Steubenville, OH to attend
Franciscan University in the Fall, as a double major in International
Business and Catechetics. He hopes to continue forward with a Master's
Degree in Ethics, and graduate to Civil and Canon Law thereafter, working
either in Rome or in one of the greater metropolitan areas of the United
States. His desire to enter civil law is to serve the religious community
in defending their rights to practice their faith, and keep government at a
far distance from infringing on this constitutional and God-given
necessity. The recent events of various neighborhood Bible studies being
ordered to cease and desist on grounds of disturbance of the peace, and
certain dioceses being threatened with hierarchical restructuring through
financial committees, along with looming concerns on the state of affairs in
Washington, DC, he feels that there will be a great need for this
specialized legal assistance in the upcoming future, and wants to help in
some way to fulfill this.
His assistance here primarily focuses on
helping the web design team manage and update the various Priests For Life
websites, and assisting the staff and the National Director with other
related tasks. He is very encouraged to be back here in Staten Island
working with our international organization to protect the sanctity of life,
and although his time here will be in his own words, "too short", he is
excited to continue his work in college, where he will be surrounded by a
very positive Catholic and Pro-Life student body.
Jean Marie Laurie
is pursuing other opportunities
Hello My name is Jean Marie Laurie and I work in the
Speakers Bureau as an Executive Scheduler. I am married to a
wonderful man and I have two step children Jennifer and Joseph. I attend
Oasis Christian Center and am very active in my church. I teach Arts and
crafts once a month to the community children at the Life Center. I also
work at the food pantry when my schedule permits me. I look forward to
doing my part in the Pro Life mission and to reach as many people as possible.
Ray married and
moved off of Staten Island and so no longer works for Priests for Life
but he continues to be involved with the Missionaries of the Gospel of
Dear friends of Life,
My name is Ray Mooney; I joined Priests for Life during the summer of
2006 as an intern working in the Speakers Bureau. I now work for the
Missionaries of the Gospel of Life Lay Association with Jim Pinto.
I started as an intern at the age of 63 because of a journey that began
in April of 2004 when I was able to have Father Pavone visit our parish
in Allentown, PA. I was the Pro-life coordinator for a number of years
and the bus captain on several Marches for Life, but I felt that I
should be doing more. One month after that inspiring meeting with Father
Pavone, I took the third of my five pilgrimages to Medjugorje with the
prayer to Jesus and Mary, "How do you want me to spend the rest of my
life working full-time for you?" While there, I was granted two very
powerful messages that pointed me towards expanding my Pro-life work.
The passion created in me by those experiences in Medjugorje attached
itself to Father Pavone's work partly because of the timing of his visit
and I became increasingly drawn to Priests for Life.
In the early spring of 2005 Paul Schenck, one of our pastoral
associates, told me about the formation of Father Pavone's new society
of apostolic life called Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. When I read
Father's words on the Priests for Life website about how God had
called forth the creation of the Benedictines, Franciscans, Dominicans
and Jesuits as a response to the evils of those earlier ages, I realized
God was calling for a new society to be created expressly to combat the
evils of abortion, euthanasia, destructive embryonic stem cell research
and artificial contraception that have brought a Culture of Death to our
world. I knew as I read Father Pavone's words and those of John Paul II
whom he quoted regarding a return to a Culture of Life, that I must join
these missionaries and do my part to help Father in his efforts to
change the world.
I encourage you to read about how men and women who are doing Pro-life
work in their communities can become part-time members as Lay Associates
and derive the benefits of being connected to the Missionaries of the
Gospel of Life. You can learn more by
clicking here and may God bless you for your Pro-life work.
Ray Mooney, M.E.V.
Missionaries of the Gospel of Life Lay Association
Patricia has left
Priests for Life to pursue other opportunities.
Hello! My name is Patricia Kessler and I’ve
been working at Priests for Life for the 5 years. I’ve had the privilege
of knowing Janet since I was three years old, and Fr. Pavone since I was
about seven years old. I’ve been pro-life for since I was a child. My
first Pro-life event I can remember was when I went to Washington with
my family and the Knights of Columbus at the age of 10. It was just a
calling for me to work for the pro-life movement. It is something I have
always been passionate about.
Working here has given me the opportunity to
grow spiritually as well as mentally. I am currently working in the Gift
Entry Department. I love getting a chance to talk to our donors. You are
wonderful people who give us the opportunity to continue doing the
wonderful things we have been able to accomplish! I am extremely blessed
to be able to know I am doing God’s will of saving lives. To know that I
have helped someone decide to save a child is so rewarding.
Lisa has now left Priests for Life to stay home with her kids
Hi, my name is Lisa Amass. I work for Priests for Life as the
Receptionist. My Job is to make sure that all calls are directed to the
proper person. I also have many other tasks that I do throughout the
day. I've learned so much working here and have grown in my pro-life
conviction. It is such a blessing to be a part of this organization.
What has really made me 100% pro-life are the graphic pictures of
abortion. As Fr. Frank always says,
America Will Not Reject Abortion Until America Sees Abortion.
Chris has since moved on to other work on the West Coast and remains in
contact with Priests for Life.
I was asked to relate some of my experiences I have had as the Associate
Director of the Speakers Bureau at Priests for Life. I do so happily and I can
tell you that it is a good and very rewarding work.
It is wonderful to see the movement of the Holy Spirit and the unfolding of Our
Lord’s will in the world to bring mercy to His people. The work of the Church is
a work of mercy and Priests for Life continues that work by bringing God’s mercy
into the lives of many people. I feel blessed to have scheduled a great number
of trips that our priests and pastoral associates have taken.
From the viewpoint of the Speakers Bureau at Priests for Life I have become
acquainted with the Church in the United States and other parts of the world and
it has been especially edifying. From this viewpoint one can see the advancement
of the Culture of Life and where the challenges in the future lay. There are
many different categories of people in the Church I have worked with who have
facilitated Priests for Life trips such as Diocesan Respect Life coordinators,
chancellors, vicar generals, deanery representatives, representatives from
ecclesial communities, and representatives from Catholic apostolates to name a
Also I have personally worked with pastors and parishioners to organize events
that our priests and pastoral associates have conducted in communities and
parishes. A brief listing of activities I have helped organize are preaching at
masses, clergy and seminarian seminars, prayer vigil at abortion mills, life
chains, Face the Truth tours, banquets for right to life groups, visits to
encourage pro-life groups, voter registration drives, visits to the offices of
legislators, parish based pro-life talks, post-abortion retreats for healing,
and interviews on TV, radio, and newspaper.
It is encouraging to hear the grateful words that our trip contacts have
expressed after having hosted one of our speakers and knowing that Priests for
Life has strengthened the pro-life movement in their community. They are
thankful for having heard the truth spoken in unambiguous terms regarding the
Church’s teaching about life and what they can do to end the tragedy of abortion
and euthanasia. Lastly, it is gratifying to hear that people are converted and
that hearts are turned to God.
In Christ Our Life,
Associate Director, Speakers Bureau
Amanda and her husband, Seth, have moved and are pursuing
Hello! My name is Amanda Conklin. I came on board with the
Rachel’s Vineyard/Priests for Life family in the fall of 2009 as an
Administrative Assistant. I do all sorts of things in our office from
putting out our monthly e-newsletter to handling insurance for our
retreat sites and everything in between!
I have pretty much always been active in the Pro-Life movement and have
attended the March for Life every year since I was 12 years old. My
parents run Rachel’s Vineyard in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in upstate NY
and they are also the Respect Life coordinators for the diocese. I
started a Rock for Life chapter in my public high school which created
quite the stir and my deep love for the Pro-Life movement took off from
there. I also interned for Expect Mother Care with Chris Slattery in NYC
when I was in college. I graduated from DeSales University with a BA in
Theology in 2009.
I am very happy to be working for Rachel’s Vineyard/Priests for Life and
I am continually amazed at the way God works. Being able to work for an
organization and cause that I have a great passion for is a huge
blessing. I married my wonderful husband Seth in October of
Kathleen is now pursuing other opportunities.
Hello, friends! My name is Kathleen Corrigan and I am the newest
addition to the Rachel’s Vineyard team, where I work as an
Administrative Assistant. I am a 2010 graduate of DeSales University
where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. After graduating
from college, I spent nine months in the sticks of Reedsburg, Wisconsin
volunteering at Camp Gray Catholic Camp where I got to spend nearly
every day teaching beautiful children about our beautiful God.
I have been passionate about the pro-life movement since I was in high
school. In fact, I even created a pro-life commercial as my Senior
Graduation Project in 2006 with the help of a personal home
video-recorder and a couple of friends. I am thrilled to be a part of
the Rachel’s Vineyard/ Priests for Life team. It is an incredible
feeling to know that your job is not just a job, but a mission from God.
To be able to leave work every day knowing that the little things you
did are making a big difference in building up the Kingdom of God is an
incredible blessing! Praise God!
My name is Laura, I’m 23 years old, and I just moved across the country
from Alabama to join the team here at Priests for Life. I will be
working as an Outreach Associate, concentrating on both social
networking and the lay ministry known as the Missionaries of the Gospel
of Life. I feel so blessed and privileged to have the opportunity to
work for such a dynamic and effective leader as Father Pavone, and can
quite literally say that this is my dream job.
As far as my background goes, I attended the University of Dallas for a
few years before completing my education at the University of Alabama,
where I majored in political science and minored in history. It was at
UA that my journey as a pro-life activist began, where I became involved
with the student group on campus, organized Alabama’s first collegiate
statewide pro-life conference, and served as statewide leader of Alabama
Students for Life.
I also had the opportunity to spend two summers in Washington, D.C.,
during which time I participated in Students for Life of America’s
“Missionaries for Life” rotating internship program and served as a
Congressional Intern for Senator Sam Brownback. The past few years have
definitely been an epic adventure with Jesus, and I am absolutely amazed
by the way God has integrated my love for my Catholic faith, passion for
networking, and fascination with politics all into this one position.
I’ve been drawn to all things pertaining to grassroots activism as long
as I can remember, so I am very much looking forward to helping
pro-lifers around the country take their activism to the next level!
Hi! My name is Phil Yoo and I am an Administrative Assistant at Priests
for Life. Before officially joining the Priests for Life team, I
volunteered under various capacities for this wonderful organization.
Prior to working here, both as a volunteer and employee, I am ashamed to
say that I had never even heard of Priests for Life or even knew of a
pro-life movement. However, they have accepted me with open arms and
educated me on the issue of abortion
I am behind my co-workers in my involvement in the pro-life movement.
I intend on working hard, then working harder, and giving all I can give
to this organization and the pro-life movement. I will work
tirelessly along-side my co-workers toward the goal of ending abortion.
We all have a place in this fight; here, I’ve found mine.