Who’s Who at ESF

Dominic M. Pedulla MD, FACC, CNFPMC, ABVM, ACPh

Founder, President

Dominic Pedulla grew up in New York City and the professional inspiration was his father who is a doctor and my mother who is an R.N. His mother was the one who gave him an early respect for women and a keen understanding of their dignity. He started  the Edith Stein Foundation because all that keen interest and because of the obvious assault on that dignity that he felt was being practiced within the medical profession.

Since 1994, Dr. Dominic Pedulla, M.D. has operated as President of the Oklahoma Vein and Endovascular Center. Dr. Pedulla is a board-certified Cardiologist, as well as a vein and endovascular specialist.  A devout Catholic, Pedulla founded the Christian Cardiovascular Institute and has served as a missionary medical provider in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Dominic Pedulla is a supporter of numerous charitable organizations, which include the Pope Benedict XVI Preparatory School Foundation, Kids2Achieve, Catholic Charities, and the Girl Scouts of Oklahoma City.

Dr. Pedulla is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Angiography and Intervention, the American Board of Vascular Medicine, the Oklahoma State Medical Association, and the American College of Phlebology. Dr. Pedulla previously served as a missionary medical provider in the Dominican Republic. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Family Planning Foundation, which is active throughout the Third World. He is also a generous supporter of Natural Family Planning Outreach. Dr. Pedulla was named one of “America’s Outstanding Cardiologists” by the Consumer Research Council of America in 2004. Dr. Dominic Pedulla graduated from the distinguished New York Medical College as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Pedulla has been practicing medicine for 24 years.

A devoted husband, Dr. Pedulla is the father of nine children. Fittingly, his favorite saint is St. Joseph. An avid reader, Dr. Pedulla is a fan of the literary works of Ernest Hemingway and Camille Paglia, among many others.

Bernadette Pedulla, RN, FCP
Vice President, Secretary

Bernadette (McGuire) Pedulla, grew up in New York, the only daughter of Irish Immigrants. Her mother, a nurse and midwife trained in England, inspired her with her dedication and the way she took care of people.

From this example, Bernadette was drawn to nursing.  She attended Cochran School of Nursing in New York.  There she met her husband, Foundation Founder Dominic Pedulla. They married in 1987, and moved to Oklahoma in 1989. It was an adjustment to the northeastern culture, surely, but they love the people there. They felt called to a large family, and being in Oklahoma City allowed them to do so. Bernadette is grateful for the tight community in Oklahoma City, which is also true of the Catholic community there.

Bernadette is a proud mother of nine. For many years she Irish danced, and it’s that same vivacity that has given her a passion for hospitality. She loves to entertain and welcome people into her home.

She is a Registered Nurse and certified FertilityCare Practitioner, and proudly supports her husband in his work to promote women’s dignity.

Dr. Gerard van den Aardweg
Advisory Board


Rev. Daniel McCaffrey
Advisory Board

Father Daniel McCaffrey was ordained in 1958. A year later he departed for the Muslim country of Pakistan where he served for over eight years as a missionary. Father holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicam) in Rome. In 1968, during the Vietnam Conflict Father joined the United States Army Chaplain Corps. During more than twenty years of active duty he served in Vietnam, Korea, Germany and Honduras, as well as numerous army installations throughout the United States.

During his ministry he has worked in the Apostolate of Marriage Enrichment establishing successful Natural Family Planning programs on the diocesan and parish levels. Father is a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.