Respect Life Apostolate

Respect Life Apostolate

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The Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) promotes the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology.

Upcoming Events

Project Joseph Support Group - Monday, July 2

Biking for Babies "Celebration of Life" Event - Saturday, July 14

Helpers Mass & Rosary - Saturday, July 21

Project Rachel Support Group - Thursday, July 26

Papa Palooza: World Meeting of Families Picnic, Saturday, July 28

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Latest News

St. Louis Review: Several Rulings Have Affect on Planned Parenthood Clinics in Missouri

By Jennifer Brinker

An end to Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood in Missouri is one of several ways pressure is being put on the abortion provider in recent weeks.

The measure is part of a $28 billion budget that is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Parson, and the latest major pro-life measure since the passage of SB5, a comprehensive bill that pro-life groups have said protects the health and safety of women and unborn children and provides protections for pregnancy resource centers.

"Despite having one of the most comprehensive pro-life bills passed in a decade, state lawmakers continued to make advances in pro-life legislation in the areas of defunding abortion providers and promoting alternatives to abortion," said Deacon Sam Lee, a pro-life lobbyist with Campaign Life Missouri. "It shows they are not willing to rest on previous legislation, but realize the unborn and pregnant women need more assistance."

Lawmakers this year also approved $6.5 million in funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program, which provides a variety of services to pregnant women, including counseling, prenatal care, emergency housing, job placement assistance and adoption referrals when requested. They also expanded the state income tax credit program for maternity homes and pregnancy resource center programs to $3.5 million each... 

Read the complete St. Louis Review story here.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Catholic Conference

RLA Interns Spending the Summer Building Up Culture of Life St. Louis

The RLA is excited to introduce our 2018 interns to the St. Louis Respect Life and Catholic community! Riley Bess, an incoming senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, and Maria Kramer, an incoming sophomore at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, were selected for our 2018 eight-week summer internship program.

Riley (pictured left), a communications major, helps coordinate her school's Student for Life chapter by maintaining their website, helping with baby supply drives for new moms, and attending leadership conferences. She is also very active with her campus Catholic Newman Center. Riley was encouraged to apply by her friend Emily Davenport, a past RLA intern.

Maria (pictured right), a 2017 graduate of St. Joseph's Academy here in St. Louis, also has a heart for service. In high school, she was a retreat leader and volunteered with special needs children. In college, she leads a women's faith group and volunteers with the Bishop Sullivan Center helping low-income students.

As part of their internship, Riley and Maria are:

  • Accompanied the staff to the national Pro-Life Women's Conference for a comprehensive pro-life education and networking experience
  • Helping Mary, our program manager, with several summer and fall events including the Respect Life Convention, Project Rachel retreat, Biking for Babies, and Helpers Mass & Rosary
  • Learning and practicing website, social media marketing, document design, and administrative skills
  • Discovering the rich history of the St. Louis pro-life movement and hearing presentations by local pro-life leaders

Each year, the Respect Life Apostolate invites high school seniors and college students to apply. The internship provides hands-on experience in a professional pro-life office, as well as an opportunity to network with other pro-life leaders, organizations, and ministry partners.

For more information or to apply for the 2019 internship program, click here or email

2018 Project Rachel Retreat Offers Hope, Healing for Women Suffering from Abortion, Aug. 17-19

Each year, the St. Louis Project Rachel Team sponsors a weekend retreat for women negatively impacted by an abortion experience. The retreat, open to women of any faith background (or none), seeks to start them on a journey of healing and hope, no matter how long it has been.

The 2018 weekend will be held Aug. 17-19 in a comfortable, private setting where retreatants can be assured of pastoral care, confidentiality, and a very welcoming and supportive environment. The silent retreat -- focusing on healing the mind, body, and soul -- offers one-on-one spiritual direction, and also Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation if desired.

Registration Information

The cost of the retreat is $200, with a $50 deposit asked for at the time of registration. Financial assistance is available and no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.

About Project Rachel

Project Rachel, a program of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, ministers to women who have suffered the trauma of an abortion experience through free, professional, and confidential counseling, spiritual support groups, spiritual direction, reconciliation, and retreats.

For additional information on Project Rachel post-abortive healing ministry, click here

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