Each October since 1976, during Respect Life Month, the RLA hosts our annual Convention to provide a forum for Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, our ministry partners, and other pro-life advocates to pray, fellowship and celebrate the Gospel of Life.
Our 45th Annual Respect Life Convention will be on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis with both virtual and in-person registration available. Keynote Archbishop Joseph Naumann (USCCB Pro-Life Chairman, Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS), Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski (Archdiocese of St. Louis) and speakers Mary McClusky (USCCB Pro-Life/Project Rachel), Catherine Glenn Foster (Americans United for Life) and Deby Schlapprizzi (EWTN/Splendor of You) will present on the 2021 Convention Theme, "Walking with Moms in Mercy & Joy." Click here to learn more and to sign up!
Photos from last year's Convention will give you a window into what our annual celebration of the Gospel of Life looks like. Click here to see the 2020 Convention photo gallery!
Respect Life Parish Committee Network
The Parish Respect Life Committee Network, led by a respect life coordinator at each church, is a vital part of the Apostolate's success in serving the community. Not only does the network provide resources to their parishes on life issues, they also actively evangelize their fellow parishioners and support their pastors and priests in making life issues visible at the parish level.
The Apostolate sends out a monthly e-newsletter featuring featuring archdiocesan, pro-life and pro-family events, news, service and prayer opportunities and public policy initiatives, as well as bi-monthly alerts on our largest events and programs.
The RLA offers an summer internship to incoming college and graduate students. Interns engage in program and event planning; learning how to strategically accompany and help pregnant and parenting mothers; engaging in peaceful, public witness on behalf of life; marketing, social media and website efforts; conducting timely and topical pro-life research; and assisting with general office operations. Additionally, interns gain professional experience in an Archdiocesan agency setting and networking with Catholic and pro-life leaders.
Thanks to all who applied for the 2021 internship program! Our application process for this year is now closed. To learn about 2022 opportunities, please contact [email protected] or 314.792.7559.
Pro-Life Video Challenge
Each year, archdiocesan youth and young adults, 19-39, are invited to create a short pro-life video in conjunction with the Annual Respect Life Convention and compete for a $500 cash prize.
The 2021 contest is now open through September 30. Click below to learn more and access past winning videos!
Eighth Grade Creative Writing Contest (Via The Office Of Catholic Education & Formation)
Since 1979, the Respect Life Apostolate has partnered with the archdiocesan Education & Formation office to sponsor an annual writing competition for 8th grade students planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic secondary home school equivalent. Scholarships and honorable mention prizes are awarded each year. Click, then scroll for the results of the 2021 contest as published in the St. Louis Review.
The 2022 contest will open in late 2021/early 2022; contact the archdiocesan Office of Education & Formation for details/questions at 314.792.7300.