Respect Life Convention

RLA 2017 Award Winners Are Building A Culture of Life!

Each year, the Respect Life Apostolate recognizes indivdiduals and groups who are making outstanding contributions to building up a Culture of Life in St. Louis through our Cardinal Carberry (life-time achievement), Bishop McNicholas (youth group) and Pro-Life Video Challenge (youth and young adults) Awards. Thank you and congratulations to our three 2017 RLA award winners:

Cardinal John J. Carberry Award

Steve Rupp received the 2017 Cardinal Carberry Award, presented to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the pro-life cause over a life time. As the president of Missouri Right to Life, Steve has been at the forefront of upholding respect life ethics in both the local and state legislature.

He is also a Right START teacher with the RLA, plays Santa Clause for babies and famlies in Mercy's NICU, and is the manager of member support with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis, which offers tremendous help to those in need throughout the archdiocese.

Bishop Joseph A. McNicholas Award

St. Joseph Academy in St. Louis was the recipient of the Bishop McNicholas Award, presented to a Catholic high school or parish youth group taht exmplifies a consistent respect for all life. The academy was noted for their pro-life campus ministry, overseas mission, and homelessness awareness efforts. In addition. proceeds from their Cup of Joe coffee house go to respect life efforts.


Pro-Life Video Challenge

The Youths of St. Ignatius, six students from St. Ignatius Parish in Marthasville, MO won the 2017 Pro-Life Video Challenge Award. Chloe, Cole, Alex, Kali, Jacob, and Hannah's inspirational video was played at the RLA convention. It celebrates the fundamental right to life at all stages: from the unborn and older children to families and seniors. View it here.

Legislative Expert to Address Respect Life Convention on Sunday

October 23, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: 39th Annual Respect Life Convention
Where: St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303)
When: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunch and keynote at 11:30 a.m.
Who: Keynote speaker, Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL)

ST. LOUIS – The 39th Annual Respect Life Convention, hosted by the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will take place on Sunday, October 25, at the St. Charles Convention Center. Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., President and CEO of Americans United For Life (AUL), will deliver the keynote address. Nearly 800 attendees are expected to attend the convention.

Americans United for Life (aul.org) is heralded as one of the chief legal architects of the pro-life movement. Dr. Yoest’s keynote presentation will offer insight into the success of pro-life laws enacted since 2011 through a state-based legislative strategy.

Mass, exhibits, and afternoon workshops are all free and open to the public. The lunch and keynote begin at 11:30 a.m.

Workshops offered at the convention will address topics such as physician-assisted suicide, youth in the pro-life movement, and moving beyond debate to dialogue. For a complete listing of workshops and for more information about the convention, visit stlrespectlife.org.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first diocese in the nation to establish what was then the Pro-Life Committee, now called the Respect Life Apostolate (RLA), following the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973. Every October, which is Respect Life month, the RLA hosts its annual convention. The purpose of the convention is to gather, listen, and discuss efforts to respect the dignity and sanctity of life and efforts to build the “Culture of Life” in our society.

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Abortion Survivor to Keynote Respect Life Convention on Sunday

October 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: 38th Annual Respect Life Convention
Where: St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303)
When: Sunday, October 26, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Who: Keynote speaker, abortion survivor Melissa Ohden; 800 attendees expected

ST. LOUIS – Melissa Ohden, the survivor of a failed saline abortion in 1977 and founder of The Abortion Survivors Network (theabortionsurvivors.com), will deliver the keynote address at the 38th Annual Respect Life Convention on Sunday, October 26, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

More than 800 attendees are expected to attend the convention and hear Melissa's address entitled "A Voice for Life." Her story is full of joy, hope, and love, with a message that goes beyond mere survival to the transformational power of forgiveness. The sold-out lunch and keynote begins at 11:30, but Mass at 9:30 a.m., booths and exhibits, and afternoon workshops beginning at 2:00 p.m. are all free and open to the public.

"Reflecting Pope Francis' message that we are all 'masterpieces of God's creation,' especially the most vulnerable in our society, our Convention's lineup of expert speakers will address topics like why we are pro-life in a whole life way, the beauty of adoption, and how to end abortion with love," said Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Workshops offered at the Convention include topics such as Ending Abortion with Compassion, The Descent of Ethics, and The Gift of Adoption. For a complete listing of workshops and for more information about the convention, visit stlrespectlife.org.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was the first diocese in the nation to establish what was then the Pro-Life Committee, now called the Respect Life Apostolate (RLA), following the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973. Every October, which is Respect Life month, the RLA hosts its annual convention. The purpose of the convention is to gather, listen, and discuss efforts to respect the dignity and sanctity of life and efforts to build the "Culture of Life" in our society.

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