Respect Life Apostolate

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The Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) of the Archdiocese of St. Louis provides leadership for all respect life activities within the Catholic community of St. Louis under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Recognizing the inherent dignity of each human person from conception through natural death, the RLA strives to build a Culture of Life through spiritual support, pastoral care, education and public policy. RLA programs are designed at the diocesan level to serve parishes and the local community, reaching their fullest potential through the collaboration of the pastor and parish respect life coordinator.

Missouri Abortion Ballot Initiative Updates & Resources 


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RLA Events, Programs, & Prayer Campaigns

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  • Weekly St. Ambrose Pro-Life Masses, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
  • Weekly St. Mary Magdalene (Brentwood) Pro-Life Holy Hours, Thursdays, 6 p.m.
  • Weekly Pro-Life Prayer Vigils, Thursday mornings, outside of Fairview Heights Abortion Facility (email [email protected] with questions)

Archidiocesan (ArchSTL), Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) & U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pro-Life Updates:

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History Of Respect Life In St. Louis

50th Anniversary: Celebration Of Life  

 

On March 25, 2023, the Respect Life Apostolate celebrated 50 years of service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in promoting the Gospel of Life. It was founded by John Cardinal Carberry in 1973 within weeks of the tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions which legalized abortions throughout the United States. Cardinal Carberry opened the first diocesan office in the nation dedicated to protecting and advocating for the preborn child and helping pregnant mothers. Known as the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee, the ministry became the blueprint for similar ones in dioceses through the nation, as well as the national pro-life pastoral plan and vision of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

  1. View our anniversary slideshow, "50 Years of the Respect Life Apostolate."
  2. Photos from the Respect Life Golden Gala (Courtesy of Cori Nations Photography) 
  3. View a 10-mintute St. Louis pro-life history video produced for our 40th Anniversary in 2013.

 

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Pregnant? In need of Help? We Walk with Moms! 

The local resources inside the Walking with Moms brochure offer a variety of resources for pregnant and parenting moms and their children. The services listed may be onsite or referral, but each agency will do everything possible to help you with your best option. 

Even if you are in an abortion facility right now, you can still leave, even if you have already paid. No matter your situation, we want to help!

Walking with Moms - Resource Guide - Download

Print copies of the above brochure are available upon request from [email protected] or 314.729.7555.

WALKING WITH MOMS ST. LOUIS RESOURCE PAGE

ADOPTION RESOURCES - Click then scroll down

 

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PAPAL NUNCIO APPLAUDS U.S. WALKING WITH MOMS CAMPAIGN

WALKING WITH MOMS PRAYER GUIDES FOR PARISHES & SCHOOLS

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Forgiveness, hope & Healing After Abortion

The Abortion Healing Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers a wide network of support for those wounded by abortion. Project Rachel (for women), Project Joseph (for men), and the Catholic Renewal Center (for women, men and couples) provide healing and hope. No matter what your experience was or how long it has been since the abortion, hope, healing, and forgiveness are available. 

Wounded by abortion? Click here for help and resources.

  

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