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:  June 7-9, 2013.  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.


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 Liz Sites, Chapman
Mary Selensky, Hays Wallace Severson, Gem
Norbert & Marlene Hermes, Salina Bill & Albie Kuhlman, Grinnell
Jim Fenton, Greenleaf Joan Gienger, St. Francis
JoAnne Balthazor, Clyde

March for Life - 2015

The Salina Diocese Respect Life Commission is planning its seventh diocesan bus trip to Washington DC to take part in the March for Life on January 22, 2015.  The bus will leave Salina on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and arrive back in Salina on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

As of October 18, 2014, the cost of the trip (bus fare and two nights hotel accommodations, is increased to $400 per person.  Please reserve your seats as soon as possible.

Reservations are needed as soon as possible in order to confirm bus space and hotel rooms.  A $50 per person non-refundable down payment is required.

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.

New Registrations

Late Registration After Oct. 17, 2014

Returning Registrants for Payment Completion

Registered Prior to Oct. 18, 2014


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

March for Life
Attn: Sheila Marcotte
103 N. 9th Street
Salina, KS 67401