Education

Annual Convention

During October, which is Respect Life Month, the RLA hosts its annual Respect Life Convention. The purpose of the Convention is to provide a forum for Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to gather and listen to informative and motivational speakers discuss the dignity and sanctity of human life and the latest efforts to build a Culture of Life. 

Thank you to all who supported the 44th Annual Respect Life Convention on Oct. 18, 2020. Contact [email protected] or 314.792.7555 for how to get access to the dynamic pro-life speaker videos, including David Bereit (40 Days for Life), Dr. Patrick Yeung (Catholic Medical Association & St. Louis University) and Dr. James Sherley (Charlotte Lozier Institute). Click here to see the 2020 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.

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.     

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Pro-Life Video Challenge

Each year, archdiocesan youth and young adults 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 will open this summer. Click below to access past winning videos and to learn more! 

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Right START (Via The Office Of Catholic Education & Formation)

Established by the Apostolate in 1997, the Right START (Students Tackling Abortion Realities Today) program is the archdiocesan respect life and chastity education curriculum. Professional staff and trained volunteer teachers present the Right START curriculum to eighth graders in Catholic day schools and parish schools of religion, operating under the Office of Catholic Education & Formation. For details or questions, email program contact [email protected]     


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Eighth Grade Creative Writing Contest (Via The Office Of Catholic Education & Formation)

Since 1979, the Respect Life Apostolate has sponsored an annual writing competition for 8th grade students planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. Six scholarships and honorable mention prizes are awarded each year (Catholic students entering public high schools are also eligible for the honorable mention prizes). Click, then scroll for the results of the 2020 and past contests.

The 2021 contest is currently underway; email program contact [email protected] for details/questions. 

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