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When is Respect Life Month, and what is the theme?

  • Respect Life Month is observed annually in October. This year's theme, "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent," is featured October 2018 - September 2019.


Where can I find resources for Respect Life Month?

  • We've highlighted several resources on our Respect Life Month page, and we invite you to continue using these and other materials throughout the year.

    More 2018-2019 Respect Life Program materials are available from www.usccb.org/respectlife.

Whatis the Respect Life Program?

  • 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.

    Although sponsored 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!

    For free digital resources, visit www.usccb.org/respectlife.

Who are the materials 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!

How 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.

When 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 September.

    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 year-round!

    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:

    Reprinted (excerpted) from Respect Life Program, copyright © 2018, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

Where can I find text that can be reproduced?

  • 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.