The Respect Life Office of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph was founded in April 2006 to provide pro-life education, pastoral care, prayer and worship, and public policy advocacy for our Catholic faithful and for the residents of northwest and western Missouri.
All programs, activities and events reflect the authentic teachings of Sacred Scripture, the Magisterium and Church Tradition under the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities.
The Respect Life Office has three key roles:
- Support parish Respect Life ministries — Pro-life programs designed and developed at the diocesan level are made available to local parishes, schools and Catholic organizations which in turn customize the programs to meet the particular needs of their respective communities. The success of each programs is ensured through the faithful efforts of pastors, teachers, parents, youth and parish volunteers.
- Host diocesan-level activities and events — Annual events such as pilgrimages, conferences and Masses are a great way to share in the fellowship and in the pro-life experiences of all of our faithful.
- Provide guidance and resources — Issues at the beginning of life and at the end of life affect us all and the teachings of the Church, although always consistent, sometime require clarification and confirmation. Personal or professional resources in the form of referrals or documentation can also be requested.