Father Shenan J. Boquet travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as President of Human Life International (HLI). He was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011.
Having journeyed over a million miles to more than 87 countries, Father Boquet collaborates with Vatican officials, (arch)bishops, and Church and civil leaders. He educates and mentors priests, seminarians, consecrated religious, and the laity. All of his work spreads the Catholic Church’s teaching on Life and Family as part of HLI’s global mission to build a Culture of Life. Father Boquet gives numerous talks at conferences and symposia in the United States, as well as at several international conferences, speaking on issues in the field of bioethics as they relate to human dignity, the sacredness of human life, and the dignity of marriage.
A frequent guest on various media programs, Father has appeared on EWTN television and radio shows, Catholic Answers Live, Ave Maria Radio, Vatican Radio, as well as a number of local Catholic radio programs in the U.S. and in other international media outlets. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, Catholic Exchange, CNSNews, Catholic Lane, Catholic Online, Crux, Legatus, and The Wanderer. Father Boquet’s weekly newsletter, Spirit and Life, goes online Mondays at www.hli.org.
Father Boquet was raised in the small town of Bourg, Louisiana, in a devoutly Catholic family and community, who provided his initial formation in Christ. His earliest and most influential examples were his parents, grandparents, godmother 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 pro-life advocacy and in service projects, particularly with Catholic charities and other groups that ministered to families, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and the marginalized. This active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood. Father Boquet has been persecuted at times for preaching the Church’s perennial teaching, notably as it relates to the Gospel of Life. Despite these difficulties, he has remained steadfast and dedicated to authentic Catholic teaching and advocacy.