Deacon Keith Fournier is the Chairman of the Board, Founder and President of Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance. He is a married Roman Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia.
Attorney Fournier is a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate of many years. He views his vocational calling as “serving at the intersection of faith and culture”, a conviction which flows from his understanding of living the Christian faith as an integrated way of life. He has practiced law for 35 years. During that time he has appeared in multiple cases at the State and Federal level. He also appeared in several cases before the United States Supreme Court on Pro-Life, pro-Family and Religious Liberty concerns. He served as the founding Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice in the nineteen nineties. He currently serves as Special Counsel to Liberty Counsel. he serves as the Chief Counsel of the Common Good Legal Defense Fund, a project on the Common Good Foundation.
Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Theology and Philosophy, BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (Theology of Marriage and Family, MTS), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He is working toward the PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America and is focusing on the teaching of St. John Paul II. He also holds honorary Doctorates in Humane letters and Divinity (LLD, DD) The Social Teaching of the Christian Church is a division of Moral Theology. Fournier has spent his life and work – in the public square and in ministry – offering authentic, classical and biblically faithful Christian Social Teaching available as leaven to be used for the renewal of human culture.
He has written hundreds of articles on faith, culture and life and eight books. He has also spent his life and ministry in multiple efforts committed to bringing Christians together and healing the wounds of division in the Body of Christ. His work is well known in the broad Christian community. He has dedicated his service to the Lord, first as a lay leader and, for the last eighteen years as a member of the Clergy, to doing all he can to respond to the High Priestly Prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ:
“I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You have sent me. 22 The glory which You have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and You in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You have sent me and have loved them even as You have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)
Deacon Fournier and his wife Laurine have raised five children and have seven grandchildren. They reside in Chesapeake,Virginia.