Therese M. Hessler

Associate Director of Respect for Life


Therese M. Hessler, Associate Director of Respect for Life, is passionate about shaping public policy and legislation to protect the intrinsic value of life. While she previously owned her own communications agency, she found God had a different calling for her life. Today, as head of the Respect for Life department for the Conference, she believes she is truly fulfilling His purpose by serving as a voice for the unborn, the medically dependent, persons with disabilities and the elderly. 

In addition to her work with the Conference, Therese gives of her free time to promote the culture of life. She volunteers with Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard – the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s post-abortive healing ministry – and serves on the board and steering committee for the Maryland March for Life, which holds an annual event every Spring to show lawmakers in Annapolis the true and strong pro-life presence in our state.

Therese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Towson University, and through both her personal faith story and her most recent position heading the advocacy efforts of Maryland Right to Life, she brings to the Conference extensive experience working with media, legislators and the public to develop awareness of life issues. 

A lifelong Maryland resident, Therese is currently a parishioner of St. Pius X Parish, the same parish where she began her Catholic education in grade school more than 28-years-ago. When not fighting on the front lines for life, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as with her cat, Max.