Married father of eight
ordained a Catholic priest
for Pennsylvania diocese
Harrisburg, Pa., Jun 15, 2010 / 02:49 am (CNA).- A former Protestant pastor who is a married father of eight was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday for the Diocese of Harrisburg.
The newly ordained Fr. Paul Schenck was raised Jewish and baptized a Christian when he was 16 years old. In 1994 he left the New Covenant Tabernacle, an evangelical church he founded, and then became a pastor in western New York for the Reformed Episcopal Church. He entered the Catholic Church in 2004.
He and his wife Rebecca have been married for 33 years.
Previously, Fr. Schenck served as the executive vice president of the American Center for Law and Justice. He moved to Baltimore in 1997 and opened the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill.
He is presently chairman of the National Pro-life Center and director of the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Harrisburg.