Respect Life Apostolate


Respect Life Apostolate

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.

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Helpers of God's Precious Infants Welcomes Crossroads Walkers!


Crossroads walkers pose for a photo with the Cathedral birthday cake

The Respect Life Apostolate and the Archdiocese of St. Louis was thrilled to welcome a team of Crossroads walkers for the Helpers of God's Precious Infants on July 19.  These young adults, from around the country, joined numerous others from around the Archdiocese in Mass at the Cathedral Basilica, followed by a peaceful rosary procession to Planned Praenthood, and ending with Benediction at the Cathedral. 

Crossroads walkers are college students, or recent college graduates, who volunteer their summer to build the Culture of Life by walking across the country and speaking to groups wherever they go.  This team started their walk in San Francisco on May 24 and will arrive in Washington, D.C. on August 16 to join in a pro-life rally at the Capitol Building.   Please pray for the safety and for the ministry of these young adults and all Crossroads walkers as they continue on to Indianpolis!

Founded in 1995, Crossroads was founded as a response to St. John Paul II's call to the youth of the world to actively establish a Culture of Life.  Every summer, young adults, aged 18-30, walk across the country to Washington, D.C., hoping to convert the hearts and minds of others through their witness.  The walkers offer up prayes and their hardships for an end to the culture of death.  In addition, the walkers speak to parish groups to encourage pro-life activism in their communities.  This summer there are four walks.  To learn more about Crossroads, click here.

2014 Creative Writing Contest Awards Assembly

On Tuesday, April 29th, more than 100 finalists and their parents packed into the Fleur de Lis Room at the Cardinal Rigali Center for the Respect Life Apostolate's 2014 8th grade Creative Writing Contest. The finalists were chosen from a total of 1,122 students who submitted essays for consideration.

This year, thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the Respect Life Apostolate was able to award an additional scholarship to the existing four scholarships, bringing the total number of scholarships to five. Five honorable mention candidates also received prizes. The scholarships will go towards part of the student's first-year high school tuition at a Catholic High School within the Archdiocese. The names of the winners are below. Click on a student's name to read their essay.

Bishop Edward O'Donnell Scholarship

Daniel Reardon, St. Clement of Rome (DeSmet Jesuit High School)
Principal – Mrs. Sue Cunningham
Pastor – Msgr. James Pieper

Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship

Dakota Nelsen, St. Gianna Home School Co-op (John Paul II Preparatory School)
Director - Katie Giandinoto
Pastor – Fr. Timothy Elliott

Mr. and Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship

Larissa O'Shea, St. Monica (St. Joseph's Academy)
Principal – Mrs. Kathy Hunt
Pastor – Msgr. John Brenell

Keith Beckmann, St. Cletus (St. Dominic High School)
Principal – Ms. Rosann Doherty
Pastor – Fr. James Benz

Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship

Hector Rivera, Christ Light of the Nations [Parish: Our Lady of the Rosary] (Chaminade)
Principal – Sr. Mary Lawrence
Pastor – Fr. Thomas Haley

Honorable Mention Students

Elise Olwig, St. Gabriel the Archangel School (Nerinx Hall)
Daniel Newman, St. Charles Borromeo School (St. Charles West or CBC)
Sydney England, St. Paul Fenton School (Cor Jesu Academy)
Addison Estes, John Paul II Prep [Parish: St. Alban Roe] (John Paul II Prep)
Isabelle Honigfort, John Paul II Prep [Parish: St. Stephen, Richwood, MO] (John Paul II Prep)

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