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.

40 Days for Life is an ecumenical, internationally-coordinated 40-day peaceful Prolife campaign to end abortion.

Join the 2023 Archdiocese of Hartford 40 Days for Life Campaign September 27 – November 5.
Find out more.


40 Days for Life Campaign
The Archdiocese of Hartford participates in the 40 Days for Life program to pray for the end of abortion. Dates: September 27-November 5, 2023. Find out more!
Go directly to West Hartford campaign information.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
October 6-8, 2023. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat offers a process of healing for men and women suffering from an abortion. Participation is totally confidential. Contact Marie Laffin, Site Leader/Facilitator, 203-631-9030. For more information>

Respect Life Mass and St. Gianna Molla Awards
The Respect Life Mass was held on November 9, 2022 at Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield. Archbishop Blair presented 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.

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. Watch for the date and location of the 2023 Mass to be announced.

CT March for Life
The 2nd CT March for Life in Hartford was held on March 22, 2023. Hundreds of pro-life supporters attended the Mass with Archbishop Blair and joined in the rally and march.

Annual Day of Education
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.

Respect Life Ministry staff and pro-life representatives and advocates gather after their Mass on the Day of Education, April 29, 2023 at the Franciscan center in Meriden. The day featured pro-life speakers on the efforts being made to face critical issues of abortion, assisted suicide, human trafficking and others in Connecticut, with a view to educating on the values of human dignity and respect for human life.

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