Mary Rice Hasson

Mary Rice Hasson is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, an initiative that responds to Pope Francis’s call for Catholic women to assume a higher profile within the Church and to think with the Church in addressing the problems of today.

Mrs. Hasson is the editor of a new book, Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), and the co-author of the groundbreaking report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC, 2012), which offered new data and analysis of the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception. She is currently writing a book that proposes ways to engage Catholic women more effectively on topics related to sexual morality, conscience, and reproduction, in order to accompany women towards a deeper life in Christ.

Mrs. Hasson speaks on Catholicism, culture, women, sexual morality, and family life and writes for a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications. She has been interviewed by media outlets ranging from MSNBC to the BBC to EWTN, and by numerous Catholic radio programs. Before joining EPPC, Mrs. Hasson worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families.

She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mrs. Hasson and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the parents of seven children, have been named the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.

Selected Video Interviews and Lectures

Do Catholic Hospitals Discriminate?

Published in OSV Newsweekly on February 1, 2017

Missing Pieces

Published in Letters from the Synod on October 15, 2015

Catholic Women Speak Out

Published in National Review Online on May 11, 2015

The Culture Wars – Have We Lost?

Published in Aleteia on October 13, 2014

What’s It Like to Torture Someone?

Published in MercatorNet on October 21, 2013

Zero-Sum Parenting

Published in MercatorNet on June 13, 2013

“Do We Want to Know?”

Published in Catholic News Agency on May 6, 2013

Will ‘Transgender’ Rights Drive Catholics Out of Public Schools?

Published in Catholic Stand on March 11, 2013

Lt. Nick Vogt and the Power of Faith

Published in Words from Cana on December 13, 2011