Respect Life News

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today vetoed a bill the New Jersey legislature approved that would have sent $7.5 million to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. Christie repeatedly has cut funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business — slashing millions in taxpayer funds for a group that was caught engaging in fraud using […]

  • In the wake of this landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of “women’s rights” I’ve decided to “come out” so to speak, so that maybe those who are convinced that this decision is a huge victory for our country and women in this country will finally see abortion how I see it. From […]

  • A Missouri Planned Parenthood at the center of a political battle lost its license to perform abortions on Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Columbia, Missouri Planned Parenthood’s license expired because it has not been able to find an abortionist who has hospital admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, as required by law, […]

  • A few months after AmeriCorps was caught illegally using taxpayer dollars to help women get abortions, the public service agency announced an end to its problematic healthcare program, according to Jezebel. In April, news broke that some volunteers in the taxpayer-funded program were working with abortion clinics in direct violation of the program’s federal grant […]

  • A federal judge blocked a Florida law from taking effect on Friday that would have blocked Planned Parenthood from receiving taxpayer dollars and required more accountability from abortion facilities. The ruling came as little surprise after U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle came down hard against the state law during a hearing earlier this week and […]

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