Annual Respect Life Convention

During October, which is Respect Life Month, the RLA hosts its annual Respect Life Convention. The purpose of the Convention is to provide a forum for Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to gather and listen to informative and motivational speakers discuss the dignity and sanctity of human life and the latest efforts to build a Culture of Life.  

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41st Annual Respect Life Convention

Sunday, October 22, 2017

St. Charles Convention Center

"Celebrate Life"

Celebrate Life!

Keynote Speaker - John Foppe

John FoppeThe Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is excited to announce that John Foppe will be the keynote speaker for the 41st Annual Respect Life Convention.

Born without arms, John Foppe understands firsthand the difficult gaps between envisioning an outcome and achieving it. He once led a miserable, dependent, and limited existence. At ten-years-old, for example, he couldn't put his own pants on. Today, he operates his own company, travels the world, runs a large non-profit agency, and he is a husband and father.

In 1995, John launched a successful corporate motivation business, Visionary Velocity Worldwide, that has taken him to over 25 countries, pro-football organizations like the Miami Dolphins, and to Fortune 500 clients such as Boeing, GE, and State Farm and international companies such as Fortis, ST Microelectronics, and UniCredit.

He is the author of What’s Your Excuse? Making the Most of What You Have, which has been translated into six foreign languages.

In the non-profit world, John has put his leadership and motivation skills to work helping the less fortunate by earning a masters degree in Social Service from Saint Louis University and serving as the Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul - St. Louis Council.


Stay tuned for more information on our workshop offerings!


9:00 AM Exhibits Open 

9:30 AM Mass

11:30 AM Luncheon Programming & Keynote

2:00 PM Workshop Session I

3:15 PM Workshop Session II


To register by mail:

  • Check back soon for registration information.
  • Cash or check payment only.

To register online:

To register by phone:

  • Call 314.792.7555 to register by phone.

Advertisements, Exhibit Booths, and Sponsors

Opportunities are available to individuals, organizations, and businesses to be a Convention sponsor, have an exhibit table at the Convention, and advertise in our Convention booklet!  

Check back soon for more information!


The Annual Respect Life Convention will again be held at the beautiful and spacious St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO). Free surface lot parking is available. For information about the Convention Center, please click here.

Please Note: Construction to 5th Street and Fairgrounds  is scheduled to conclude April 2017.  For the latest information on road construction and rerouting, please click here.  


St. Joseph Radio will record the keynote address and all workshops. Recordings are available for purchase following the Convention. 

Promotional Materials

We have promotional posters and brochures available. If you would like some materials for your church, school, or organization to help promote the convention contact the Respect Life Apostolate today!