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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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)

Missouri Bishops Issue Statement on the Death Penalty

The Bishops in Missouri released a statement through the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) outlining the Church's opposition to the death penalty, and the recent escalation in the number of executions.

Click here to read the full statement.

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