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The Priests Advisory Board to the Respect Life Office is a group of priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago that works to spread the Gospel of Life, as proclaimed by John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, through a variety of activities, including:

Supporting and providing guidance to the Archdiocesan Respect Life Office at monthly meetings:

  • Participating in and promoting pro-life activities and events, such as Masses for Life with Archbishop Blase Cupich, the annual Archdiocesan “Gospel of Life” Conference, prayer vigils, the March for Life, and other activities
  • Writing letters to the editor as a body of priests on current life issues
  • Reaching out to brother priests to promote the Gospel of Life through highlighting helpful resources, events and ministries
  • Participation in Project Rachel (not a prerequisite to be in the group).

This is a group of fellowship, support, and activism for priests who are passionate about the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.


Priests Advisory Board Members


Rev. James Heyd, Chair


Rev. Gerald O’Reilly, Vice Chair


Monsignor Robert Dempsey, Rev. Thomas Aschenbrener, Rev. Anthony Brankin, Rev. Michael Bonner


Rev. Charles Fanelli, Rev. Marcin Bulinski, Rev. Matthew Compton, Rev. Ramil Fajardo, Rev. Nathan Payne


Rev. Juan Carlos Gavancho, Rev. Piotr Gnoinski, Rev. Benjamin Arevalos


Rev. Thomas Koys, Rev. Robert Lombardo, CFR, Rev. Jeremiah Lynch, SJ, Rev. Andrew Wawrzyn


Rev. Michael McGovern, Rev. Edward Pelrine.


Rev. Robert Schultz, Rev. Anthony Talarico, Rev. Luke Winkelmann


If you are interested in joining this priestly mission in support of the Gospel of Life, please contact the Respect Life Office Interim Director, Anthony Suarez-Abraham, at 312.534.5355.