The Passing of Larry Jacobs, Longtime Friend and Partner of HLI

ideological colonization FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 2, 2018

Contact: Deborah M. Piroch, Director of Public Relations


(Front Royal, VA) – Human Life International (HLI), a longtime friend and partner of the World Congress of Families (WCF), is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Managing Director, Larry Jacobs. Larry died suddenly and unexpectedly following a stroke on April 3

Human Life International (HLI), a longtime friend and partner of the World Congress of Families (WCF), is deeply saddened by the death of WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs. Larry died suddenly and unexpectedly following a stroke on April 30th.

HLI President Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has issued this statement:

“We and all of HLI wish to express our heartfelt condolences to wife Jennifer, Larry’s two children, and the WCF and International Organization of the Family (IOF) communities.” Larry Jacobs served as Managing Director of both organizations.  Fr. Boquet continued: “The global pro-life and family movement has lost a great friend and fellow warrior, whose passion and unwavering dedication to the defense of Life and Family will be greatly missed. Father Paul Marx, HLI’s founder, worked closely with the WCF, a relationship that HLI continues to value and strengthen. Larry’s personal support and friendship was always appreciated.”

Most recently, HLI has collaborated with the WCF/IOF in a joint effort with other pro-life organizations, to urge the U.S. Postal Service to approve a “Choose Life” commemorative stamp. To date the petition has garnered over 13,000 signatures. Dedicated to this cause of Larry, HLI prays this stamp will become a reality.

Larry, a devout Christian, was stellar in the cause for Life and Family. His experience was always wide-ranging, and he spoke frequently on issues affecting family, religion, public and social policy. According to his biography, past work also included organizing international pro-life conferences in the U.S., Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Russia, the United Nations, the OAS and European Union Parliament. Once determined, funeral arrangements will be announced at The Larry Jacobs Family Fund is one way to contribute to aiding his loved ones in their time of need.

Father Boquet: “HLI’s global family extends prayers for Larry, his family and those who loved him. Eternal rest grant unto Larry, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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