About the Author

As president of Human Life International, Fr. Boquet is a leading expert on the international pro-life and family movement, having journeyed to nearly 90 countries on pro-life missions over the last decade. Father Boquet works with pro-life and family leaders in 116 counties that partner with HLI to proclaim and advance the Gospel of Life. Read his full bio here.

Why Fatima Matters in the Battle for Life and Family

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 13, 2017 /
statue our lady of fatima

The message of Fatima is, in its basic nucleus, a call to conversion and repentance, as in the Gospel. This call was uttered at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it was addressed particularly to this present century . . . . The call to repentance is a motherly one, and at the same time…

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By Their Fruits (and Their Names) You Shall Know Them

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / April 8, 2017 /

Sometimes a name really is revealing. The United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA, is one organization whose name says a great deal about its true concern. It was, well, born during the overpopulation panic codified in the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s “The Population Bomb” in the late 1960s, but before the widespread abuses of population…

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The War on Marriage and Family

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 29, 2016 /
happy newlyweds

Contemporary culture is in a deep crisis regarding holy matrimony. Both the truth about the family and families themselves are being ripped apart by violent forces. Proponents of the Culture of Death know well the importance and centrality of the natural family; otherwise, why exhaust so much time, effort, and resources attacking it? This doesn’t…

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Who Teaches Our Children?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 29, 2015 /

Last Friday the Ordinary Synod on the Family concluded and released its document, or Relazione Finale. The document, currently available only in Italian, is causing some concerns. Sadly, we will have to wait until the document is translated into English to better understand its content. With such an important document, I question the decision to…

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A Return to the Beginning

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 14, 2014 /
The Creation of Life, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Then the Lord God formed man out of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) As a Catholic priest of nearly twenty-one years and president of an international pro-life organization, I am very concerned with the results of two recent…

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The Nativity Scene Opens Our Hearts to the Mystery of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 20, 2013 /
nativity scene

Tradition teaches that Saint Francis of Assisi set up the first Nativity scene in order to inspire and encourage a greater appreciation of the wonders of the first Christmas. The year was 1223, and Francis created the scene in a cave outside Greccio, Italy featuring a wax figure of the infant Jesus and a man…

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Recovering the Art of Living to Build a Culture of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 25, 2013 /
holy family painting

Recorded in 2013, in this presentation HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet says that in today’s society the art of living is overshadowed by a false understanding of man and woman and their ultimate destiny. As cultures continue to collapse, it becomes imperative for all Christians to fully participate in the re-introduction of the One…

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John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Living the Gospel of Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 25, 2013 /
pope st john paul ii headshot

In this 2012 presentation, HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet speaks about John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how it is an important resource in understanding God’s plan for marriage, family, and society. The Theology of the Body was given by the pope as a response to the attack on human sexuality and…

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