Fr. Paul CB Schenck, BA, MA, EdD, LHD.
The Rev. Paul Chaim Benedicta Schenck is a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg where he is Director of Respect Life Activities, Bishop’s liaison to the Catholic Medical Association Guild and a parish administrator.
Raised Jewish, Fr. Schenck spent six years in Hebrew school. He was baptized at age 16 by a Salvation Army officer serving as a Methodist pastor. He attended a missionary bible college, an Evangelical seminary and a Catholic University. He was ordained in the Evangelical Anglican tradition where he was a pastor, a college and seminary trustee and instructor in bible, ethics and homiletics. He and his family united with the Catholic Church in 2004. He received the dispensation from celibacy from Pope Benedict XVI as a Pastoral Provision priest and with his wife of 36 years, Rebecca, has nine children (eight on earth and one with God).
Fr. Schenck holds the undergraduate degree in biblical studies, a master’s degree in theology and the Doctor of Education in clinical pastoral practice. He is completing a post graduate degree in bioethics from the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College Seminary. He completed his certification for priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University and earned a Master Certificate in leadership through Mendoza College at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University where he completed the Master Course in Bioethics. He holds certification in Health Care Ethics with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, where his thesis was “The Incredible Shrinking Person: Dementia and the personhood debate”.
For his work on behalf of human life, Father Schenck was granted the Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causae) from the Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts and the Lifetime achievement award from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
While a Protestant minister in western New York, Fr. Schenck challenged a federal court order prohibiting pro-life activities. Convicted of violating the order for distributing bibles, leading prayers and sidewalk counseling on public sidewalks, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison. His case, Rev. Schenck V Pro-Choice, reached the United States Supreme Court which ruled 8-1 in his favor striking down the order as a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution. Today, he is engaged in pro-life ministry in three capital cities, Harrisburg, PA, Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC where is chairman of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill near the Supreme Court. He is currently related to three religious liberty cases in the US Supreme Court.
Stephen G. Peroutka is chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Pro-Life Center. An attorney with his own firm, Peroutka and Peroutka Law near Annapolis, Maryland, he is widely known for his philanthropy and commitment to the Gospel of Life. In 2006, he received the John Paul II Respect Life award from Cardinal William Keeler, chairman of the Respect Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Dr. Peroutka is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law and received the Doctor of Humanities, honoris causae, from the Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He is founder and CEO of National Pro-Life Radio, the nation’s only all pro-life radio network, and the voice of Face the Truth Coast 2 Coast heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s channel 131 every Sunday, 4:30-5 PM ET.
Father Frank Pavone is pastoral director of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill. As national director of Priests for Life, Father worked with Reverend Paul Schenck in laying the groundwork for the founding of the National Pro-Life Center. A member of the Board of Directors, he plays a strategic role in the overall mission and ministry of the center and provides spiritual direction to the staff. Fr. Pavone is a relentless and indomitable voice for the unborn, the incapacitated, the elderly and all victims of the culture of death – renown for the scope and success of his pro-life work.
Deacon Keith A. Fournier serves as the John Paul II fellow of the National Pro-Life Center and directs the William Bentley Ball Religious Freedom Project on Capitol Hill.
In the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, he serves as director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at Saint Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in Chesapeake, Virginia; and works as editor in chief of Catholic Online.
Attorney Fournier is a member of the Virginia State Bar who made three appearances before the United States Supreme Court as co-counsel. He spent most of his legal career in constitutional law, focusing on religious liberty, pro-life and pro-freedom causes. He now limits his law practice to the selective representation of clients.
Deacon Fournier earned the following academic degrees:
-Bachelor of Arts, Summa Sum Laude, from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1977 with a double major in Philosophy and Theology
-Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1980, where he was the executive notes editor of the Law School Law Review
-Master of Sacred Theology, Magna Cum Laude, in 2000 from the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University at Catholic University of America.
Deacon Fournier is completing his doctorate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America, where he finished all academic requirements and comprehensive exams. He’s writing his dissertation on the topic: “Donum Ergo Sum: The Theological Anthropology of the Gift in the Blessed John Paul II’s Human Love in the Divine Plan.”