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 23 - 25, 2017.  

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.


2018 March for Life Pilgrimage

The Salina Diocese Respect Life Commission is planning its tenth diocesan bus trip to Washington DC to take part in the March for Life on Friday, January 19, 2018.  Registration with a non-refundable fee of $50.00 is due by September 30, 2017.  Click on the link below for registration.  Contact the Respect Life Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (785) 628-1446, for more information. Deacon Scott Watford is the Respect Life Coordinator for the Salina Diocese.

A summary of the trip is below:

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Bus departs Salina for Washington, DC.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018: Arrive in Washington, DC. Attend the "Life is Very Good" rally in the evening.
  • Friday, January 19, 2018:  Attend rally on the National Mall followed by march to the Supreme Court building. Sightseeing opportunities.
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018:  Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Depart Washington, DC for Salina.
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018:  Bus arrives in Salina.

Reservations and a $50 per person non-refundable down payment is required by September 30, 2017 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.

  pdf 2018 March for Life Itinerary (143 KB)

Online Registration Mail-In Registration



March for Life Message from the Bishop


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