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Respect Life

Respect Life Ministry within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is overseen by the office of Dignity of the Human Person. Staff coordinates the planning of the annual Respect Life Mass, Holy Hours for Life, and distribution of annual Respect Life Parish Kits. Pro-Life Ministry Internet Resources are also provided.

Respect Life Program

"Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent"

The artwork for 2018-2019 features a beautiful mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Juan Deigo, and a depiction of flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill.

The annual Respect Life Program is a year-round, nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life.

Sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and carried out by local leaders, these efforts are renewed each October (Respect Life Month) and continue through the following September. To assist in these efforts, the U.S. bishops produce resources that aid local leaders throughout the Church to build a culture of life.

In October 2018, several parishes will host a Holy Hour for Life. On January 22, 2019, one or more parishes will host a special Mass to pray for all life, from conception to natural death, as the archdiocese observes the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which has taken the lives of more than 60 million children in the United States over the past 46 years.


Respect Life Ministry is overseen by Social Justice Ministry / Dignity of the Human Person.

This office participates in the planning of:


What is the Respect Life Program?

New, thematic materials are produced each year to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the God-given dignity of every person — which naturally leads to protecting the gift of every person’s life.

Who are the Materials Prepared For?

The materials are developed especially for use in parishes, schools, and faith-based ministries, but can also be used by other groups or individuals. Whether you’re simply taking a personal interest or you’re serving in a parish, Catholic education, faith formation, communications, pro-life, youth/young adult, or campus ministry, there’s something for you!

2017-2018 Theme: "Be Not Afraid"


Bulletin Ads for parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee | English

"Be Not Afraid: 2017-2018 Respect Life Catalog" - English

"How to Build a Culture of Life" - English | En Español

"Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing" - English | En Español

"What to Do When a Friend is Considering Abortion" - English | En Español

"Understanding Conscience" - English | En Español

"Death Penalty, Catholic Q & A" - English | En Español

"Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide" - English | En Español


Parish/School Resources

  • Reflection for Catholic Education - Bilingual
  • USCCB articles can be accessed on their website (available in English | En Español)
  • COMING SOON! Respect Life Sunday Homily Suggestions - English | En Español
  • Respect Life Sunday Intercessions - English | En Español
  • Intercessory Prayers for Life - English
  • Respect Life Month Display Suggestions - English | En Español


Pro-Life Ministry Internet Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Activities
The Bishops' Secretariat for Pro Life Activities is the prime source for the bishops' policy and teaching statements on pro-life issues, including public policy information.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Departments
The departments of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops produce program information on a broad range of public policy issues of concern to the bishops.

National Human Life Action Center
The Human Life Action Center publishes program information on pro-life issues in Congress, legislative reports, fact sheets, legislative briefing pages, and action alerts.

Wisconsin Catholic Conference
The website for the Wisconsin Catholic Conference - the public policy voice of the Roman Catholic bishops of this state. The WCC offers a specifically Catholic contribution to state and federal public policy debates. The web site includes political guidelines, bishops' statements, press releases, newsletters, editorials and testimonies, and legislative information.

Project Rachel
Project Rachel is managed by the USCCB and is the Catholic Church's healing ministry to people who have been involved in an abortion. The web site offers information in English and Spanish with resources, prayers, and background on abortion's aftermath. For help, contact the National Referral line at 800-5-WE-CARE.

National Office of Post Abortion Reconciliation and Healing
The National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, Inc. networks researchers and psychotherapeutic professionals working in the field within the U.S. and abroad, and consults on the formation of post-abortion support services within secular and religious settings.


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Rob Shelledy
Diocesan Director


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