Mary Hallan FioRito is the Cardinal Francis George Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and the University of Notre Dame’s deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture. An attorney and public speaker, she specializes in human life issues and issues related to women’s leadership and the Catholic Church.
After she received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1993, the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin selected Mary as Director of Pro-life Activities for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest Catholic diocese in the United States. She was responsible for all activities related to abortion, post-abortion counseling, contraception, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
She 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. Her opinions and articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Our Sunday Visitor, Everyday Catholic, The Federalist, Crux, the Chicago Tribune, and numerous other religious publications. She is a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s “A Closer Look” and “The Drew Mariani Show.”
In 2000, Newsweek Magazine named her one of the “Women of the New Century,” highlighting her work in pro-life advocacy. Mary is a contributor to two books, Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen M. Alvare, J.D. and Promise and Challenge edited by Mary Rice Hasson, J.D. Mary lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Kevin, and their three daughters.