Respect Life Office

Proclaiming life is a gift from God from conception to natural death

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The mission of the Respect Life Office is to assist in promoting and implementing the U.S. bishop’s Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities concerning abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and related bioethical issues. The Respect Life Office does this in four ways: public information and education, pastoral care, public policy and prayer and worship.


— Disseminating annual Respect Life Month educational materials to parishes
— Giving presentations to parishes, schools and church-related groups
— Establishing and networking with pro-life contacts in parishes
— Providing informative articles and advertisements to the diocesan newspaper on pro-life issues and events
— Producing a newsletter for respect life contact persons and parishes of the diocese on a timely basis

Pastoral Care

— Offering Project Rachel for post-abortive women
— Helping pregnant women in crisis with current needs through support of pregnancy help centers
— Working with Catholic Adoption Services and crisis pregnancy centers

Public Policy

— Monitoring state and federal legislation on pro-life issues
— Alerting pro-life contacts on issues and actions to be taken
— Networking with various state and national pro-life organizations
— Disseminating action alerts and legislative information from the USCCB to parishes and respect life contact persons

Prayer and Worship

— Planning and promoting Respect Life Sunday events
— Organizing and promoting the annual Prayer Vigil, Mass for Life and March for Life each January
— Working with organizers of 40 Days for Life to promote prayerful vigil at abortion centers