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.
by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Respect Life Program is
essentially comprised of the efforts of leaders throughout the Church like
you—parish priests, staff, and volunteers; teachers and school administrators;
diocesan leaders; and so many others.
The U.S. bishops produce
these materials to assist you in your efforts. Instead of acting as stand-alone
resources, they are designed to be brought to life as tools in your hands—build off or
adapt them to fit your specific needs!
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!
do I use these materials?
The Respect Life Program materials are intended to
help leaders integrate respect for human life into their respective work and/or
ministries. Action ideas and customized suggestions are
provided in the leaders' toolkits, but anyone is welcome to
build off or adapt what is offered.
do I use these materials?
The annual cycle of the Respect Life Program runs from
Respect Life Sunday (the first Sunday of October) through the following
Specific dates are sometimes recommended for a particular resource (like homily helps), but any of the
materials can be used at any time—after all, we cherish God's gift of life
Also, we recommend that you build off the current
theme, which we're highlighting from October 2018 – September 2019: "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent." However, if something from a previous Respect Life Program is helpful,
you're still welcome to use it!
Where can I preview the materials before ordering?
Visit our "Articles & Resources" page, scroll through the page, and click what you'd like to preview.
May I reproduce text from the 2018-2019 Respect Life Program?
The text of all the 2018-2019 Respect Life Program materials may be reproduced in whole or in part without alteration or change without further permission, provided such reprints are distributed without charge and include the following notice:
Each webpage for the articles and reflection have Microsoft Word files posted in English & Spanish that may be reproduced without further permission, provided the guidelines for reproducing text are followed. The Respect Life Month statement from Cardinal Dolan, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be posted on the Respect Life Month page as soon as it is available.
Bulletin insert versions of the reflection and articles can also be reprinted without further permission, provided the guidelines for reproducing PDFs are followed.
Are the materials free?
You can either order print versions of the 2018-2019 Respect Life Program materials from the USCCB Store, or download them for free from our "Articles & Resources" page! Additional, online-only resources like Respect Life images can also be found on the same page.