The Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning offers several ministries to assist those dealing with infertility and hoping to achieve a pregnancy as well as families seeking to grow through adoption. The Enkindle infertility counseling ministry offers free counseling sessions with a registered nurse and licensed counselor either in person or over the phone. Periodic support group meetings and events offer a community of support to couples. Our annual Infertility Support Mass at the Rigali Center is well attended by couples currently trying to conceive as well as "alumni" couples who come back every year to show support and solidarity through prayer. The Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund was founded in 2009 and gives grants each year to provide financial assistance to couples seeking adoption. For more information, browse this website or call the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7675.

Adoption Grant Opportunity

Since its inception in 2009, the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund has helped 24 families adopt 27 children with over $114,000 in grant funds. 

This grant, offered through the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning, is available to couples who want to build their family through this loving choice.

For more information about the grant, contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 or email 

For application materials, policy and checklist for the grant, click here.

Adoption: A Loving Alternative

Couples wishing to open their homes and families to a child through adoption are invited to contact Good Shepherd Children and Family Services (also known as Catholic Services for Children & Youth). The Catholic Charities agency has worked in the St. Louis Area for more than 200 years offering foster and adoptive care assistance as well as many other services for families. Visit the agency online at or call 314-854-5700.

NaPro Technology: A Proven, Successful Approach to Naturally Achieving Pregnancy

Natural Family Planning has other applications in addition to avoiding a pregnancy or spacing children. For example, couples who struggle with infertility have been successful in achieving pregnancies even after artificial reproductive technologies were recommeded elsewhere and have failed them. Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, migraine headaches and other reproductive health problems also have been helped. For more information on this new branch of science, click on the following link: NaProTECHNOLOGY: The Contemporary Approach to Women’s Health Care

NaPro Technology for Women & Infertility