Ministries

Respect Life

Knowing that every human person has equal,
God-given dignity, we promote respect for life in all stages.

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Call: 410-547-5537
Email: life@archbalt.org

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“We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.” -Pope Benedict XVI

What We Do

Equip You to Defend Life

With regional and local programs, print and internet materials, and a newsletter to keep you up to date, we are a resource in your efforts to defend, protect and promote life. Our ministry is dedicated to educating and informing the public, to deepen the understanding of the sanctity of human life.

Promote Human Dignity in a Culture of Death

Drawing not only on the teachings of the Catholic Church but also on well-established and cutting-edge scientific research, we are a voice defending life in a culture increasingly intent on restricting human rights. Our practical efforts are built on our foundational calling: to PRAY for life.

Advocate for Life-Affirming Laws

Both at the archdiocesan level and in support of individual citizens, we press for laws that reflect an understanding of human dignity and universal human rights.

Care for Those Grappling with Death, and Those Who Need Help Embracing Life

Whether you are a woman with problems related to pregnancy; someone who’s been involved in abortion; someone who is disabled, sick, or dying, or the family or caregiver of someone who is sick; if you have lost a loved one to violent crime; or if you are in prison sentenced to death, through this ministry you will hear Christ’s invitation, “come to me … and I will give you rest.”

Latest News

South America’s Amazon: culturally diverse, globally important

A Vatican synod in October will consider the church’s ministry in a politically, culturally and ecologically complex region where indigenous people face increasing threats.

Camp GLOW smiles brighten Howard County parishioner’s battle with cancer

Even cancer couldn't keep Jane De Hitta away from her role as a companion at a camp for adults with disabilities.

World becoming more elitist, cruel toward excluded, pope says

The excluded, especially migrants and refugees, are the ones who ultimately pay the price for humanity’s greed, Pope Francis said.

Report details attacks on, abuses against religious freedom worldwide

The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom shows continued attacks and abuse by governments and societies against religious minorities.

Migrant shelters suffer harassment as Mexico toughens enforcement

A Franciscan-run migrant shelter along the Mexican-Guatemala border has endured a steady stream of harassment from politicians, police officers, immigration officials and even organized crime.

Dutch priest critical of ‘euthanasia death’ reports of teen

A senior Dutch priest criticized media reports on the death of a teenager experiencing depression, accusing foreign media of "sensationalizing euthanasia" in his country.

Blogs & Commentary

‘One small step’ 50 years ago advanced human knowledge

Fifty years after men first walked on the moon, humans continue to seek something beyond us.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Holy Family Parish

Indeed, loving God and neighbor truly becomes possible when, as Mother Teresa once said, we “give God permission” – that is to say – when we allow God to enter our busy and distracted lives so as to love us and to heal us. 

South America’s Amazon: culturally diverse, globally important

A Vatican synod in October will consider the church’s ministry in a politically, culturally and ecologically complex region where indigenous people face increasing threats.
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