|HLI President: Father Shenan J. Boquet|
Father Shenan J. Boquet (SHAN-en BO-kay) has traveled around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as president of Human Life International (HLI). He is a priest of the Houma Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served as Pastor of St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish in Houma before joining Human Life International in the Fall of 2011.
Since being ordained as a priest in 1993, Fr. Boquet has given hundreds of talks at conferences and in parishes across the United States on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage, to social justice and moral theology. As president of Human Life International, he has spoken at numerous international conferences and events spreading the Catholic Church’s teachings on life and family as part of HLI’s life saving mission. A natural teacher, Fr. Boquet has been persecuted at times for sharing the Church's teaching on life and family issues, although he emphasizes that it is important to do so with Charity.
Fr. Boquet has appeared on EWTN, Ave Maria Radio, Vatican Radio as well as in other media outlets. His writings have appeared in numerous publications such as LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, Catholic Exchange, CNSNews, Catholic Lane, and Catholic.org.
Fr. Boquet grew up in the small town of Bourg, Louisiana, just south of Houma in a devoutly Catholic family, for which he is extremely grateful. His earliest and most influential examples were of his parents and parish priests, all of whom instilled in him at a young age a love for Christ and his Church, and an active faith that was to be lived, and not merely held. He was very active as a youth in service projects with Catholic Charities and with other groups who ministered to the elderly, the sick, the poor and marginalized. This active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood, where the contemplative and sacramental aspects of the Faith complemented and informed the active. Throughout his priesthood, he has been dedicated to pro-life and pro-family teaching and advocacy.
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