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Respect Life



The Respect Life Program of Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte exists to promote and protect human life through the sharing of relevant resources. We support and work alongside the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat, Parish Groups and other Pro-Life organizations. Please find on this page Respect Life resources. We regularly update this page with timely and relevant information on Life Issues and Concerns in our diocese, in our state and in our country. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you for all you do for Life! 

2018 Respect Life Resource Booklets are now available,
in English and Spanish.

  • USCCB Pro-Life Resources
  • Respect Life Booklet
  • Upcoming Event Information
  • Respect Life Conference
  • Rachel's Vineyard Ministry
  • Pro-Life Web Resources
  • Advocacy for Life
  • Essay Contest


To address the “slippery slope” of diminished respect for life found in the United States, the American bishops established the National Office of Respect Life more than 20 years ago.

The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, under the guidance and direction of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death, and organize for its protection. 

Each year they produce an updated Respect Life Program Packet. To view more information on the current packet please click the image above. 


Pastoral Plan For Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign In Support Of Life

USCCB Respect Life Program

Program Catalog





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The Diocese of Charlotte Respect Life Resource Booklet, produced by the Respect Life Program of Catholic Charities is linked here. In this booklet, you will find many educational tools and useful resources to help start, grow and guide your Respect Life parish-based ministry. 
Feel free to print the PDF in English or Spanish
This booklet will be updated on an annual basis at the start of each new year.  
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Please find information and flyers for upcoming Respect Life Events.
Click the links to find more detailed information about these upcoming events.
March 9-11, 2018 – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 
June 29-July 1, 2018 – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat 
October 26-28, 2018 – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

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  • The 2018 Respect Life Conference will take place on September 29, 2018 at Bishop McGuinness High School in Kernersville, NC. Please find the save-the-date announcement here (link to pdf). Registration will open up on July. More details of the conference program coming soon! Contact Jessica Grabowski with any questions. 
    • The 2017 Respect Life Conference took place in the Asheville area at Saint Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, NC. Keynote speakers included Dr. John Grabowski and Debbie Shinskie as well as mass offered by Rev. Father Adrian Porras.  You can find more about this past conference by visiting the Catholic News Herald article here. 
    • The 2016 Respect Life Conference took place in the Charlotte area at Christ the King High School in Huntersville, NC. Keynote speakers included Jesuit Father Joseph Koterski and Bishop Peter Jugis, Diocese of Charlotte. You can find more about this past conference by visiting the Catholic News Herald article here.


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Forgiveness and Healing Following Abortion

Catholic Charities can help men and women who have experience abortion begin their healing journey. Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats creates a healing environment of prayer and forgiveness. The retreat works to reconnect individuals to themselves, their friends, and family and to realize God’s ever present love. 
Upcoming 2018 Retreats in the Diocese of Charlotte
March 9-11,
Asheville Area
June 29-July 1
Charlotte Central Area, NC
October 26-28
Greensboro Area, NC
Please contact Jackie Childers
980-241-0251 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
or Jessica Grabowski
704-370-3229 / jrgrabowski@charlotte
 for more retreat information.
In addition, Catholic Charities also offers counseling. Please contact our Counseling Program for appointments at 704-370-3217
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Public Policy

The Church urges Catholics to participate in political life.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person ... As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life" (see nos. 1913-1915).  Catholics are called to political involvement that is guided by moral principles, with the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death being the paramount principle from which all others flow.  The Church does not serve the interests of a particular party or interest group, but calls all people of good will to see the inherent value of human life, because we are all made in the image and likeness of God.  Once this is accepted as our grounding moral principle, we naturally will want to work to protect human life and nurture human life to fulfillment, which means working to meet the needs of those marginalized in society, and giving voice to those who lack a strong voice to protect their human rights and their well-being.

To help you stay informed and have a voice in public policy matters, Catholic Charities provides educational events and mailings in the Diocese of Charlotte. These resources are based on Catholic Social Teaching, and they often go along with campaigns and alerts from our bishop and other Catholic entities.

The mission of Catholic Charities is to be a ministry of “charity, service, and justice.”


Catholic Voice NC

The primary public policy and advocacy tool in the Diocese of Charlotte is Catholic Voice NC (CVNC), established by the Bishops of Charlotte and Raleigh in July 2008. CVNC offers North Carolina's Catholics an opportunity to have a greater voice in the political process, especially in state legislative matters under consideration by the General Assembly in Raleigh. Staff members provide advice to CVNC through participation on the CVNC Advisory Board.

Past alerts have focused on issues like the Racial Justice Act, a sex education bill, school violence protection, a “Choose Life” license plate, the marriage amendment, conscience protection, the Freedom of Choice Act, and health care reform.

To receive email advocacy alerts issued by CVNC and various national Catholic organizations, we encourage you to sign up at the links listed here.



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Respect Life Essay Contest Information

Congratulations to our 2018 Essay Contest winner and to all those who participated! The Respect Life Program is excited to see the involvement and passion the youth in our diocese have toward defending Life!

Our 2018 Essay Contest Winner is a rising senior at Charlotte Catholic High School. Please find his winning essay linked here or read below. Congratulations to Mr. Nazarian!


2017 Essay Contest Announcement, prompt and guidelines linked here.

The 2019 Respect Life Essay Contest for the diocese of Charlotte will be announced at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Check back for more details.


Say Yes

         Being pro-life is more than just a label. It is more than just going to the occasional pro-life conference. It is more than just attending a march. Being pro-life is about living pro-life. But what exactly does living pro-life entail? I can tell you for certain it is not throwing a Twitter post online proclaiming that you love the babies. It is not walking around school proclaiming that “I am pro-life and a good Christian because I am attending the March for Life”. No, living pro-life cannot be achieved with just words. St. Francis of Assisi has been quoted telling us to “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words”. While the validity of this quotation’s attribution is debated, the message holds true. In order to truly evangelize, you must act instead of just speak.

            A friend of mine did something that truly exemplifies this evangelization in modern society. On a Saturday, she went out to a Planned Parenthood, put in her earbuds, and sang and danced in front of the abortion clinic. Not once did she speak to or even make eye contact with the people walking in and out. But, in her innocent act of dancing and singing, she reminded these pregnant women of what life truly is. She told me that throughout the day, of the twenty to thirty people who walked up the path, around ten of them turned around. Because of her seemingly small act of evangelization, ten lives were saved that day.

            My friend Mariah helped me to realize that in today’s society, you need to get your face out of your phone in order to say yes to life. You need to get out into the world, showing people that your life is worth living.

            Those who believe that abortion, the death penalty, and euthanasia are acceptable are not likely to listen to you in a verbal argument or debate. Instead, to say no to death and to help them say no, show your love for life and show the importance of life throughout your day. Be a caring person and go out and show your love for your classmates, coworkers, and strangers on the street. Say thank you to anyone and everyone who helps you in any way. Show your respect for their work and their life. If you want to say yes to life and no to death, don’t just say it, show it.


-Lewis Nazarian, 2018



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