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Respect Life

The U.S. Catholic Bishops instituted the Respect Life Program in 1972 to focus attention on the breakdown of moral, social, and civil structures supporting human life in America. In 1975, the bishops adopted a Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities which urges the activation of the pastoral resources of the Church in four specific areas: Spiritual, Education/Public Information, Pastoral Care, and Legislative/Public Policy.


Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer during the bishops' pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life, from Saturday, January 21 - Sunday, January 29. Participate through email, text message, Facebook, or a free iOS or Android app!

January 23 – day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children  The annual Respect Life Mass will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad Street, Columbus.  Bishop Frederick Campbell celebrant.  Since January 22nd, the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, falls on a Sunday, our diocese will join all of the dioceses of the United States in observing a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Monday, January 23rd. All are invited to attend.  For more information about the Church’s teaching on pro-life issues, visit the U.S. Bishops’ website at or contact the diocesan Office for Social Concerns at 614-241-2540.

January 23  Greater Columbus Right to Life will sponsor the annual Roe Remembrance event on Monday, January 23 - Noon to 1 p.m., at the Ohio Statehouse following the 10:30 a.m. Respect Life Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. The program will be held in the Statehouse Atrium. Please allow extra time for new Statehouse security measures. Stickers, signs, and weapons are not permitted inside the Statehouse. For additional information, please visit Greater Columbus Right to Life online at

Respect Life Program Materials
USCCB Respect Life Program materials are available online.  These materials contain articles on timely topics in the cause for protecting human life and dignity.  The materials also include prayers and liturgy resources.  To view the materials online.

To Live Each Day with Dignity:  A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Vatican releases instruction on bioethical questions - Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of the Human Person)

Urge Congress to Support Health Care that Respects Life


Post Abortion and Reconciliation and Healing
Bioethics and Reproductive Technologies
Human Cloning
Stem Cell Research
Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
Death Penalty

Church Teaching Documents

Teaching Documents

Diocesan Respect Life Office
The diocesan Respect Life Office serves to implement components of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Respect Life Program. The office researches, identifies, and analyzes life issues within the context of Catholic social teaching to determine the impact of issues and to formulate an effective response. The office also serves to initiate and develop programs that assist parishes, schools, and organizations in identifying their own respect life needs and aids to formulate an effective response. The Respect Life Office provides education, information, leadership training, and community building opportunities for parish leaders.

Respect Life Program Implementation
The diocesan Respect Life Office serves as a liaison to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-life Activities.

The Respect Life Office:

• Promotes efforts during Respect Life Month (October). Respect Life Sunday is the 1st
  Sunday of October;

• Sponsors The Catholic Times Respect Life Supplement during Respect Life Month;
• Works with parish Respect Life Coordinators;
• Sponsors a Mass near January 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions
   legalizing abortion in the United States;

• Sponsors a Respect Life Art/Essay Contest;
• Conducts an annual Diocesan Respect Life Conference.

• Publishes the For Life newsletter, click here.
Senior Citizen Programs

The office works to celebrate the contributions of Senior Citizens in the life of the Church. It serves as a resource and advocates for senior citizen issues. It provides support for parish senior citizen clubs.

The Respect Life Office also:

  • Sponsors an annual Diocesan Senior Citizens' Day Celebration during the month of May, which is Older Americans Month. The bishop acts as celebrant for the Mass. A luncheon follows.

    2013 Diocesan Senior Citizens Day Celebration is Tuesday, June 4, at St. Margaret of Cortona Church.  Flyer, click here.

  • Publishes Sage Pages, a bi-monthly newsletter. 

    Blessings of Age: A Pastoral Message on Growing Older Within the Faith Community is a recent statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The U.S. bishops invite older persons, their families, and their faith communities to develop new initiatives that encourage the participation of older persons in society and in the Church.

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