Respect Life

Life is a precious gift from God.

In 1975 U.S. Catholic Bishops approved the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities in order to activate the entire Church in Pro-Life Activities. This plan is a four-pronged defense of human life—education, pastoral care, public policy and prayer.

Respect Life activities focus on the gift of life from the moment of conception to natural death.


Parish Respect Life Coordinators
Each parish in the diocese is asked to name a representative who leads activities in their parish. Coordinators are commissioned by the Bishop for a two-year appointment.

Respect Life Workshop
A yearly meeting of Coordinators to present current topics, introduce potential activities and provide fellowship.

Florida Respect Life Conference
An annual conference with speakers that address topics in defense of human life. The conference location rotates among the seven dioceses in Florida.

Respect Life Contest
Elementary and middle school children use art and essays to demonstrate the value of all human life.

Pastoral Care

Respect Life Collection
Funds are distributed to Pregnancy Care Centers and Maternity Homes throughout the diocese.

Project Rachel
Confidential reconciliation and healing program providing a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion.

Respect Life Month
Parishes receive an up-to-date informational packet with suggestions to incorporate the life issues into worship and homilies.

Public Policy

Catholic Days at the Capitol
A two-day program of education and visits to members of the Florida Legislature.

DCFL Advocacy Network
An email network specifically dedicated to legislative calls to action as well as religious liberty issues and the Fortnight for Freedom.


Word of Life
Word of Life is a monthly resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for dioceses and parishes. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Each month, you will find: bulletin quotes, occasional homily notes, petitions

For all current and past months, click here or visit: and search “word of life”

Novena to the Holy Innocents
Prayer cards are available from the DCFL.

Respect Life Sunday
Celebrated during the first weekend in October.