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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:  May 20-22, 2016.  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.


2016 Diocesan Respect Life Conference

We will be holding our 2016 Diocesan Respect Life Conference on Aug. 27, 2016, 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: Lobby for LIFE
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 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 - 9:50 AM National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)
  • 9:50 AM - 10:00 AM Break
  • 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM NCHLA
  • 10:50 AM - 11:00 AM Break
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mass
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Kansas Catholic Conference
  • 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Break
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Respect Life Office
 Cost of the conference is as follows:
  • $20 for an individual
  • $30 for a couple
  • $10 for a high school student
  • 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.  

pdf 2016 Diocesan Respect Life Conference Info (493 KB).

Online Registration pdf Mail In Registration (47 KB)


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