Respect Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford

The Respect Life Ministry seeks to promote the Gospel by fostering a culture of life in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Human life is precious and entitled to protection from conception through natural death. We offer various services and sponsor events which proclaim this truth and raise awareness of the hurtful impact of abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, the death penalty, assisted suicide, and embryonic stem cell research. We serve as an educational resource on life issues and as a support to parish groups and pro-life advocates in the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair’s Letter to the Faithful re Overturning of Roe v. Wade
Upcoming Events

40 Days for Life Campaign
September 28 – November 6, 2022

The Archdiocese of Hartford participates in the 40 Days for Life program to pray for the end of abortion. Find out how you can join!

Respect Life Mass and St. Gianna Molla Awards
November 9, 2022, 5:00 P.M.
Sacred Heart Church, 26 Wintonbury Ave, Bloomfield 06002
Archbishop Blair will celebrate Mass and present the St. Gianna Molla Pro-Life Award to persons selected for their outstanding service in the respect life mission in their respective parish or program.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
October 21-23, 2022. Farmington, CT
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat offers a process of healing for men and women suffering from an abortion. Participation is totally confidential. For more information>

March for Life
January 2023 Washington, D. C.

The Respect Life Ministry sponsors buses to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. where thousands of pro-life advocates peacefully express their opposition to abortion. Because of the unsettled situation with Covid-19, we did not sponsor buses to the March for Life in January 2022. We missed making this pilgrimage but strongly encouraged all to pray intensely for the end of abortion.

Annual Day of Education
Spring 2023 (date and place to be announced)
This event is offered by the Respect Life Ministry to support Advocates for Life and Parish Pro-Life Representatives in their Pro-Life efforts. Presentations and discussions cover key legislative issues, information on pregnancy care centers, and building a parish respect life program. Includes Mass and lunch. No fee to attend.

Mass of Remembrance
Annually, the Respect Life Ministry holds a Mass to remember children who have died from any cause – disease, accidents, abortion, abuse, miscarriage. The location of the Mass changes each year to accommodate parishes in different parts of the archdiocese. The 2022 Mass of Remembrance was held on June 22 at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

9 Days for Life, A Novena for the Protection of Human Life

On the ninth day of our novena for life, we pray that civic leaders may work for the protection of all human life, in every stage and circumstance.

On the eighth day of our novena for life, we pray that expectant mothers choosing adoption may receive grace and support in embracing this loving option.

On the seventh day of our novena for life, we pray that expectant fathers may lovingly support the mother of their children in welcoming new life.

On the sixth day of our novena for life, we pray that every expectant mother may receive compassionate care and support as she nurtures the life in her womb.

“The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.” Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life