Mary Ellen Bork

Mary Ellen Bork is a free-lance writer and lecturer on issues affecting Catholic life and culture. She serves on the Board of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the advisory board of Christendom College. Over the years she has been an advocate for the pro-life movement, promoted Catholic culture through groups like the John Carroll Society, the Susan B. Anthony List, and Catholic Campaign for America. She has also been involved in ecumenical outreach as a long-time Board member of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. She is past president of the Downtown Washington Serra Club. She is a member of the Thomas More Society, the Catholic Women’s Forum, and the John Carroll Society. She taught religion for several years as a Sacred Heart nun.

For the past nine years she has been researching religious and cultural issues of the English Reformation and Counter-Reformation. She has given talks on St. John Fisher, Thomas More and Luther, Queen Mary Tudor, the Council of Trent, St. Catherine of Siena, and Mary of Rome, Michelangelo, and the English martyrs.

She received the St. Paul Woman of the Year award in 1991 from the Daughters of St. Paul, and the Brent Society Award in 1992. In 1995 she received an Honorary Degree from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She was a member of the Presidential Delegation to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II in Rome in 2003. She also attended the Beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her husband, Judge Robert H. Bork, was baptized the same year. In 2014 she received the John Carroll Award from the John Carroll Society of Washington. In 2017 she received the St. Catherine of Siena award from Christendom College.

In 2017 she gave the Mary T. Clark lecture at Manhattanville College. Her articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, the Washington Times, Voices, and The New Criterion. She is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a B.A. in Philosophy, Siena College with a M.A. in English Literature, and Catholic University of America with an M.A. in Theology. She lives in McLean, Virginia and is a member of St. John the Beloved parish. She has three step-children.


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