Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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.
Father Shenan J. Boquet travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as president of
Human Life International (HLI). He was ordained priest in 1993 for the Houma-Thibodaux
Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in
August 2011. Father Boquet served his diocese in various capacities: pastor, educator, diocesan
consulter, presbyterial council [chair], and diocesan administration.
Having journeyed a million miles to over 70 countries, Father Boquet collaborates with Vatican
officials, (arch)bishops and Church leaders, mentors priests and seminarians, offers guidance to
civil leaders, speaks at numerous international conferences, and 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 has given numerous talks at conferences and symposia in the United States and around
the world on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person and the nature of marriage to
social justice and moral theology.
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 such as: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, Catholic Exchange,
CNSNews, Catholic Lane, Catholic Online, Crux, Legatus, and The Wanderer.
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 service projects with Catholic Charities and
other groups that ministered to families, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and marginalized. This
active faith grew naturally into a vocation to the priesthood, where the contemplative and
sacramental aspects of the Faith complemented and informed the active. Father Boquet has
been persecuted at times for preaching the Church’s teaching on Life and Family, but in spite of
these difficulties, he has remained steadfast and dedicated to authentic Catholic teaching and