Mary FioRito

Cardinal Francis George Fellow

EPPC Fellow Mary Hallan FioRito is an attorney, public speaker, and commentator on issues involving women’s leadership in the Catholic Church, work/life balance for mothers, and Catholic Church administration. Her interests also include human life issues, primarily abortion, post-abortion aftermath, and contraception.  After she received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1993, the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin selected her as Director of Pro-life Activities for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest Catholic diocese in the United States, home to more than 2.5 million Catholics. She was responsible for all activities related to abortion, post-abortion counseling, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Ms. FioRito worked in various capacities for the Catholic Church for more than 28 years, including serving as the Archdiocese of Chicago’s first female Vice-Chancellor. In 2003, she was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant to the late Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., a role she held until the time of the Cardinal’s death in April 2015.

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EPPC Fellow Mary Hallan FioRito is an attorney, public speaker, and commentator on issues involving women’s leadership in the Catholic Church, work/life balance for mothers, and Catholic Church administration. Her interests also include human life issues, primarily abortion, post-abortion aftermath, and contraception.  After she received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1993, the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin selected her as Director of Pro-life Activities for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest Catholic diocese in the United States, home to more than 2.5 million Catholics. She was responsible for all activities related to abortion, post-abortion counseling, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Ms. FioRito worked in various capacities for the Catholic Church for more than 28 years, including serving as the Archdiocese of Chicago’s first female Vice-Chancellor. In 2003, she was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant to the late Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., a role she held until the time of the Cardinal’s death in April 2015.

Ms. FioRito’s professional experiences give her a wealth of knowledge and insight into issues affecting the Catholic faith and its impact on women and the family. She is the contributor to two books: Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen M. Alvare, and Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Complementarity, Feminism, and the Church, a selection of essays by Catholic women scholars called together by the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She is a regular contributor to A Closer Look With Sheila Liaugminas, a national Catholic radio program. In 2000, Newsweek magazine selected her as one of the “Women of the New Century,” highlighting her contribution to the nation’s conversation about abortion law and policy.

Ms. FioRito serves on the Board of Directors of numerous pro-life and charitable organizations, including Aid for Women, a pregnancy resource center and maternity home, and the National Office for Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing. She and her husband are the parents of three daughters.

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AUDIO: Mary FioRito on Draft Eucharist Guidelines

June 21, 2021 | Issues, Etc. podcast

On June 21, 2021, EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito joined the “Issues, Etc.” podcast to discuss U.S. bishops’…

QUOTED: Ryan T. Anderson and Mary FioRito on Bishops’ Draft Guidelines on Eucharist

June 20, 2021 | The New York Times

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson and EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito offered comments in a recent New York Times…

VIDEO: Mary FioRito Discusses Illinois Parental Notification Law on AM 560

May 4, 2021 | Chicago's Morning Answer - AM 560

EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito appeared on “Chicago’s Morning Answer” on AM 560 to discuss the fight against the repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion Act in Illinois.

VIDEO: Mary FioRito Discusses Illinois Parental Notification Law on “In the Spotlight”

April 20, 2021 | In the Spotlight

EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito appeared on the “In the Spotlight” program to discuss her work in Illinois to oppose the repeal of the state law requiring parental notification for minors seeking abortions.

EPPC’s Mary FioRito Featured in New York Times Article on Barrett Nomination

September 28, 2020 | The New York Times

EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito was featured in a September 28, 2020 New York Times article on Christian women inspired by the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

AUDIO: Mary Fiorito on the Deregulation of Abortion and the Myth of Abortion “Care”

July 19, 2019 | The Catholic Association's Conversations with Consequences podcast

EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito appeared on the Catholic Association’s Conversations with Consequences podcast to discuss recent legislative travesties and how perinatal hospice cares for both mother and child.

AUDIO: Mary FioRito Discusses Kavanaugh, NIFLA, and More on IFA Podcast

August 15, 2018 | Illinois Family Action podcast

EPPC Visiting Fellow Mary FioRito appeared on the Illinois Family Action podcast to discuss the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh; the NIFLA v. Becerra decision; the Illinois election dilemma facing pro-life voters, and more.