New Mexico Priest to Join Full-Time Priests for Life Team

New Mexico Priest to Join Full-Time Priests for Life Team


Date: May 27, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato assigned to work with Fr. Frank Pavone starting June 12

NEW YORK –Father Stephen Imbarrato, founder of two pro-life groups in Albuquerque, will join the Pastoral Team of Priests for Life, it was announced today by Father Frank Pavone, National Director.

Father Imbarrato has been released by Archbishop Michael Sheehan to do full-time pro-life ministry with Priests for Life.

fr-stephen-imbarrato“Father Imbarrato will be a powerful addition to an already powerful Priests for Life team,” Father Pavone said. “The growth of this diverse team of leaders over the years has been organic. Leaders have come onto the team after years of collaboration with us and the development of a relationship of communication and trust. The case of Father Imbarrato is no exception. I have known him and worked with him in the pro-life trenches from before he entered the seminary. He thinks clearly about the tragedy of abortion and responds courageously to it.”

Since his ordination in 2005, Father Imbarrato has been doing parish ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which encompasses Albuquerque, the late-term abortion hub of the nation. He founded Project Defending Life there and then later started Protest ABQ to ensure that everyone who lives, works or visits Albuquerque understands that babies are aborted there through all nine months of pregnancy and for any reason.

Although he will continue to live in Albuquerque, he has handed over the reins of those organizations to new leadership to allow him to travel nationally and internationally for Priests for Life.

“Father Imbarrato’s passion for ending abortion stems from an experience he had as a young man when a girlfriend aborted their twins,” said Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “His testimony with Silent No More at the March for Life in D.C. in 2004 was the first time a post-abortive dad joined the campaign to say he regretted his lost fatherhood. Many courageous men have followed his example.”

Father Imbarrato is a native of New Jersey who was ordained to the priesthood after studying at Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut. He met Father Pavone while discerning his call to the priesthood and has collaborated on many pro-life projects with Priests for Life. His first official day at the New York-based ministry will be June. 12.

“For the last 10 years I have been blessed to be in parish ministry as well as pro-life ministry. I believe the time is right to answer Our Lord’s call of full time ministry dedicated to end pre-born child killing,” Father Imbarrato said. ”What better means to do this than with Father Frank Pavone and the Priests for Life team? I am very blessed.”

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Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit


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