Father Paul Chaim Benedicta Schenck is founding director and now chair of the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The NPLC is the only pro-life initiative geographically located on Capitol Hill just 60 paces from the private entrance to the Supreme Court. It’s also home of the William Bentley Ball Memorial Archive, dedicated to the preservation of religious liberty in the United States.
The Reverend Paul C.B. Schenck is also director of the Office of Respect Life Activities for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and administrator of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish.
He was the successful petitioner in a 1997 U.S. Supreme Court First Amendment case. A former Episcopal minister, he is married with eight children.
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.
Day Gardner is associate director of the National Pro-Life Center.
She secured her place in history by becoming the first black woman to be named a semi-finalist in the internationally renowned Miss America Pageant, breaking through numerous racial and stereotypical roadblocks. An accomplished business woman, she was president and director of Lipford Corporation, her main achievement was the design of a $36 million dinner theater and nightclub facility located in the center of Guam’s thriving tourist district.
She worked as a media consultant KUAM Broadcasting in Ordot, Guam, and upon returning to the U.S. Mainland was an on-air personality and producer with African Broadcasting at the World Trade Center in New York City.
Dr. Gardner is the former national director of Black Americans for Life, an outreach of the National Right to Life Committee.
In addition her duties at NPLC, Day Gardner is founder and president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, and an Executive Committee member of the National Clergy Council. She anchors the Daily Life News program for National Pro-Life Radio.
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.”