Education

Annual Convention

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. 

The 46th Annual Respect Life Convention, Walking with Families in Dignity & Love, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 at the Westport Sheraton Chalet. Check back soon for updates! 

Our 45th Annual Respect Life Convention was held on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis both in-person and a virtual live-stream. 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) presented on the 2021 Convention Theme, "Walking with Moms in Mercy & Joy." Video recordings are available for viewing. Email [email protected] for more information. 

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 2021 Convention photo gallery!

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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. 

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Pro-life E-digest 

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. 

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Internship Program

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.

To learn about 2022 opportunities, click the link below.      

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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. 

Click below to learn more and access past winning videos! 

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Eighth Grade Creative Writing Contest

Since 1979, the Respect Life Apostolate has partnered with the Office of Education & Formation to sponsor an annual writing competition for 8th grade students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to reflect, pray, research and write about the Gospel of Life. Results of the 2022 contest will be posted soon at the link below and also in the St. Louis Review

Next year's contest will open early in 2023. Learn more at the link below.

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