“Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation”

Since October is Respect Life Month, the USCCB’s Respect Life Program begins each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes materials each year calling attention to a range of life issues. The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events, and you can join in advocating for the voiceless and most vulnerable among us by hosting events on your own campus. Find prayers focused on promoting life and human dignity here, and read Cardinal O’Malley’s statement kicking-off the 2014-15 Respect Life Program!

Respect Life Month Resources

This October, the Catholic Church throughout the United States will observe Respect Life Month, a commemoration that is now in its 43rd year. Beginning October 5, Respect Life Sunday, our nation’s Catholics will be called to renew their personal commitment to defend all human life. Our resources can help your campus community consider the sanctity of all life:

The Catholic Mobilizing Network’s booklet – “Renewing the Culture of Life: The Death Penalty, Restorative Justice and Catholic Social Teaching” – shares Church teaching against the death penalty referencing recent papal statements and the Scriptures. It is a great resource for distributing after Mass or at pro-life exhibit tables and is available in English and Spanish. You may order these via our mail/fax form here. Additionally, you can learn about CMN’s poster initiative focusing on the death penalty here.

Interested in gathering with others to learn about Church teaching on the death penalty? The Catholic Mobilizing Network offers a workshop on Church teaching and the death penalty, as well as lesson plans and other resources for college students.