Bishop Ricken appoints respect life consultant

By | November 4, 2009

Pallini will be responsible for strengthening respect life efforts in the diocese and for partnering with parishes, schools and catechetical programs by bringing resources and providing consultation for their needs in the area of promoting life, according to Bishop Ricken. She also will be responsible for developing respect life activities throughout the year, particularly during October, when the church celebrates the holiness of all human life, and in January, when the diocese celebrates life at special Masses in Green Bay and Appleton.

“I am very happy that we are able to open a part-time Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Green Bay,” said Bishop Ricken. “I am very grateful that Mrs. Christina Pallini is going to be leading up this new diocesan effort. I know that she will bring a dynamic commitment to this aspect of the church’s teaching and expectations.”

For many years, the respect life ministry was in the Department of Stewardship and Pastoral Services and was one of multiple ministries conducted by a single staff person. As of Nov. 1, the respect life ministry will be the single focus of this 20-hours-per-week position. And it has been shifted to the Department of Evangelization and Worship for which Franciscan Sr. Ann Rehrauer is the director.

“We are so grateful that Tina will bring her enthusiasm, her expertise and her energy to this vital ministry in the diocese,” said Sr. Ann.

Pallini has been active in respect life endeavors for more than 20 years. She has served on the diocesan Respect Life Advisory Board, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Green Bay) Respect Life Committee, and volunteered with fund-raising at Green Bay’s A&A Alexandrina Crisis Pregnancy Center and Mom’s Home for expectant mothers who need support. Most recently, Pallini founded Power of Life, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and education on the dignity of human life.

Pallini holds two master’s degrees; one is from the Institute for Pastoral Theology from Ave Maria University in Florida, the other is in administrative science from the University of Wisconsin. She is on the steering committee for Unite for LIFE, an ecumenical effort to educate, equip and empower the pro-life community. She is also a member of the Department of Education Board of Directors and is chair of the Leadership and Ethics Committee.

She and her husband, Jeff, have four children. They reside in the Green Bay area.

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