Archdiocesan Director of Pro-Life Activities Named Executive Director of National Office

November 08, 2006

Tom Grenchik, Director of the Office for Pro-Life Activities of the Archdiocese of Washington for the past 16 years, has been appointed Executive Director of the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) effective December 15. The announcement was made by Monsignor David Malloy, General Secretary of the USCCB.

“I am very pleased with the appointment of Tom Grenchik as executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pro-life secretariat,” Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl said. “He has been an extraordinary leader for the Archdiocese, overseeing the creation of innovative educational, advocacy and outreach programs to promote the dignity of human life, particularly for mothers in need, the unborn and elderly. Tom will be greatly missed, but I can think of no one better to take on the leadership of this national office at this time.”

As founding director of the pro-life office, Mr. Grenchik was responsible for programs and efforts to promote respect for human life and dignity, particularly in the areas of abortion, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, cloning, contraception, pornography, crisis pregnancy assistance, health care, assisted suicide, capital punishment and other issues.

Under his direction, the Archdiocese established a number of successful programs to support pregnant women and new mothers in need, as well as outreach to women and men struggling after an abortion. Today, the Birthing and Care Program provides prenatal, delivery and other assistance to more than 1,200 mothers each year; the Gabriel Project, a parish-based, direct-service program is active in more than 80 parishes; and Project Rachel staff and volunteers assist men and women who have participated in an abortion.

Under Mr. Grenchik’s guidance, what began as a small rally and Youth Mass for Life in the early 1990s has grown to an event that draws over 20,000 youth from around the nation each January to pray for respect for life. He also has chaired several major events, including the Youth Track Planning Committee for the Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress 2000. He was president and founder of Catholics United for Life of District of Columbia/Maryland and has served on the Archdiocesan Seminary Admissions Board, the Centro Tepeyac Board, the archdiocesan Religion Textbook Review Committee, and the archdiocesan Sex-Ed Lesson Plan Committee.

He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland where he majored in Architecture. He has also studied at the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is currently pursuing a certification program in Health Care Ethics.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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