Priests for Life has a wonderful staff, composed of professionals committed to the pro-life cause, many of whom have been working for the ministry for 15 or 20 years or more. This is the first in a series of articles through which they share their commitment to the mission of one of the world’s largest and most successful pro-life organizations.
Fr. Frank Pavone and Christa Childs at the 2018 Priests for Life Christmas Party last week.
It’s hard not to see divine intervention in Christa Child’s path to Priests for Life, where she has been working for the last 17 years.
Christa was working as an assistant to the director of development for a Catholic high school in Maryland and was active in the pro-life committee at her parish. Her pro-life activities brought her often to the Priests for Life website, where she found a limitless supply of resources, and one day noticed a job posting.
“I knew that pro-life was my vocation in some way and I wanted to work for the Church as well, so Priests for Life seemed perfect,” she says.
She sent a resume, and over Easter break from her job at the school, drove up to New York to interview with Priests for Life. It didn’t take the team long to decide to hire her, and so at the end of the school year in 2001, she packed up her car for the move to New York.
“I stepped out in faith and moved to a strange place,” said the born-and-bred Maryland resident. She wasn’t sure if she would be able to afford living in New York City but she was excited about the mission of Priests for Life: Ending Abortion.
Christa now staffs the Washington, D.C., office, where the Supreme Court is right across the street and the Senate office buildings and the U.S. Capitol are in sight. Her title is Assistant Director for Communications, Policy, and Government Affairs and even that doesn’t cover everything she does. In addition to attending meetings hosted by House or Senate members; meeting and greeting politicians and taking part in conference calls, she also maintains and updates the content of eight of Priests for Life’s websites, maintains some of its databases, works on the monthly travelogue and newsletters, plans, prepares and sends radio spots to stations across the county, and keeps up with anything on the web site or elsewhere that needs updating. On top of all that, she organizes the annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers, a prayer service that takes place in D.C. every year on the morning of the March for Life.
Even though she is far from the Florida office, she feels very connected staffers in Titusville and to the other off-location personnel.
“The staff is great,” she says. “I really feel like we look out for each other.”
Asked what it’s like to work with Father Frank Pavone, the National Director, she says, “He always greets me with a nice comment. I can joke around with him and always say what I need to say. I feel comfortable doing that. He can be tough, but I understand why.”
Christa says she also enjoy working with Janet Morana, the Executive Director of Priests for Life.
“She’s always looking out for the staff and is very considerate. She even opens her home to me.”