Respect Life

The mission of the Respect Life Office is to promote respect and the protection of God's gift of life from conception to natural death through public education, pastoral services, public policy, prayer, and worship. We seek conversion of all hearts and minds to a Culture of Life.

Rachel's Vineyard

Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.

Rachel's Vineyard can help you find your inner voice. It can help you experience God's love and compassion on a profound level. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. You are allowed to dismantle troubling secrets in an environment of emotional and spiritual safety.

Rachel's Vineyard is therapy for the soul. Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally re-discovered.

Next retreat in the Salina Diocese:  July 24-26, 2015.  For information e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 1-877-I-GRIEVE(1-877-447-4383) Your information will be kept confidential.


March for Life - 2016

The Salina Diocese Respect Life Commission is planning its eighth diocesan bus trip to Washington DC to take part in the March for Life on Friday, January 22, 2016.  The bus will leave Salina on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, and arrive back in Salina on Sunday, January 24, 2016.  A summary of the trip follow:

  • January 20, 2016 - Bus departs Salina for Washington, DC.
  • January 21, 2016 - Attend the "Life is Very Good" rally in the evening.
  • January 22, 2016 - Attend rally on the National Mall followed by march to the Supreme Court building.
    • Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
    • Sightseeing opportunities.
  • January 23, 2016 - More sightseeing opportunities.
    • Depart Washington, DC for Salina.
  • January 24, 2016 - Bus arrives in Salina.

Reservations and a $50 per person non-refundable down payment is required by October 1, 2015 in order to confirm bus space and hotel rooms.

Students that are going as part of a school group must complete Forms B, C and D as well as the HIPPA Form.  Those forms can be found at Salina Diocese Youth Ministry web page.

Online registration and credit card payments can be made by clicking the button below.


A printed registration form can be found here.  Please mail the completed form and non-refundable down payment to:

Diocese of Salina - March for Life
Attn: Renee Thompson
103 N. 9th Street
Salina, KS 67401

For those desiring an option to fly to Washington, DC for the march; Canterbury Pilgrimages and Tours is offering a special pilgrimage for the Diocese of Salina to the 2016 March for Life.  Click on the button below to get more information on this option and to book this trip.  Note, this option is completely separate from the Diocesan bus trip and has it's own itinerary.  All booking and payments for this option are made through Canterbury Pilgrimages and Tours.

2015 Diocesan Respect Life Conference

We will be holding our 2015 Diocesan Respect Life Conference on Aug. 22nd in Russell at St. Mary Queen of the Angels Parish.  A schedule of the days events and a link for online registration/payment is below.
Title of Conference: Win the Heart: Debate to Dialogue
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Place: Russell, St. Mary Queen of the Angels Parish Center
Schedule (Updated): 
  • 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Registration
  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Greeting/Opening Prayer from Bishop Weisenburger
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Justice for All
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Mass
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Post Abortion Healing
  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Pro - Life activity in the Parish
 Cost of the conference is as follows:
  • $20 for an individual
  • $30 for a couple
  • $10 for a high school student
  • $40 for Vendors
  • Free for clergy

Click on the "Online Registration" links to register online and pay by credit card.  Click on the "Mail In Registration" links to print out a fillable form. Please send your check for payment, along with the completed form to the address on the form.

Online Registration Mail In Registration


Diocesan Respect Life Commission

The following members comprise the Diocesan Respect Life Commission.

Rev. Henry Baxa Eric & Jackie Brown, Hays
Lester & Donetta Robben, Hays Kathy Martin, Clay Center
Peggy Waldschmidt, Ellis Gil & Carol Otter
Norbert & Marlene Hermes, Salina Bill & Albie Kuhlman, Grinnell
Jim Fenton, Greenleaf Joan Gienger, St. Francis
JoAnne Balthazor, Clyde