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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2013 Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly

Missouri Catholic ConferenceAs our culture becomes increasingly secularized, the Catholic Church faces tremendous challenges. Religious liberty is under attack as is the institution of marriage. Funding cuts jeopardize essential public services to the poor, the sick and the frail elderly – vulnerable people Catholics are called upon to protect. The culture of death marches on with abortion on demand still legal. How do Catholics confront these challenges? The Missouri Catholic Conference's 2013 Annual Assembly seeks to answer this question by finding inspiration in the example of our new Holy Father and the saint whose name he has adopted, St. Francis of Assisi. The keynote speaker will be the Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa. Bishop Pates chairs the U.S. Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace. He has dealt extensively with the question of how Catholics can act in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, including immigrants and those living in poverty in emerging nations. There will be a variety of workshops, many of them building on the theme of the assembly: "Francis, Rebuild My Church!" 


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Convention Speaker Confirmed! Patrick Madrid Set to Inspire and Challenge

Patrick Madrid

The Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to announce that Mr. Patrick Madrid, the renowned author, evangelist, and Catholic apologist will give the keynote address at the 37th Annual Respect Life Apostolate Annual Convention to be held in St. Charles on Sunday, October 27th. Mr. Madrid’s presentation topic, The “Ticking Time Bomb” – How Global Aging Will Affect You is sure to educate and enlighten individuals of any age and background.

Click here more information on Patrick Madrid and the Annual Respect Life Convention

Summer Reading List

The summer is a great time to catch up on the reading you want to do, but usually just don't have the time for. These titles are sure to educate, inspire, and help you evangelize!

Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution - By Mary Eberstadt

An easy to read analysis of the drastic cultural changes since widespread access to contraception became the norm. Should be required reading for any pro-lifer.

What is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense – By Sherif Girgis, Ryan T Anderson, and Robert P. George

An excellent treatise in defense of the true nature of marriage using only natural law arguments.

Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity – By Michael Coren

Michael Coren responds with wit and ease to all the major arguments that anti-Christians typically use to attack us. He spends an entire chapter specifically on the issue of abortion.

What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster – By Jonathan V. Last

Jonathan Last details how America - and the world - is not becoming overcrowded; in fact quite the opposite is true, and if we don't address it now, we could be serious trouble.

Originally printed in the July 2013 ProLife Profile.
Titles link to for easy purchasing, although we encourage you to shop at Catholic book stores such as Catholic Supply of St. Louis and Pauline Books and Media.

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