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Respect Life Ministries

Education, Advocacy and Support

"Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things — to love and to be loved." ~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta


Respect Life Ministries

Catholic Charities works to create an awareness of the dignity of human life through supporting parish Respect Life groups, providing presentations on Respect Life issues, and publishing a bi-weekly Respect Life e-newsletter with local and national news and events. Staff also provide training to those interested in sidewalk ministry to women outside abortion clinics.

A number of parishes have Respect Life groups that meet regularly to pray, discuss pro-life issues and plan local events. To find a group or start one at your parish, please contact Kevin Jorrey at (419) 214-4933.

Students for Life

For information about supporting or starting up a Pro-Life Students for Life group at your church or school, please contact Students for Life Coordinator Allison Stump at 419-214-4973.

Prayer Vigils and Sidewalk Counseling

The Respect Life Office coordinates monthly prayer vigils and ongoing sidewalk counseling in front of the Toledo abortion clinic.  For more information or to become involved, please contact Veronica Leguire, Sidewalk Advocate Coordinator for Catholic Charities.

Project Rachel

For information about Project Rachel, a post-abortion healing ministry for women, please contact Project Rachel Coordinator Kerstin Pakka at 419-260-5811.

The Joseph Ministry

For information about The Joseph Ministry, a post-abortion healing ministry for men, please contact Tyler Pakka at 419-299-6660 or email

St. Michael Ministry

St. Michael Ministry provides fraternity in a confidential environment to men who struggle with pornography. This band of brothers helps provide encouragement and accountability to overcome the slavery of pornography and experience true freedom. For more information on the St. Michael Ministry contact Kevin Jorrey at or call 419-214-4933.

Zelie Ministry

The Zelie Ministry supports parents who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth. They send care packages to grieving families, offer local and national resources and referrals, and provide support through email or phone. Contact Laura Range to request support or if interested in volunteering at 419-769-4427 or email

Local Assistance for Pregnant Women

Respect Life Resources

  • Catholic Charities Respect Life E-Newsletter: Read about local news and events.
  • Forming a Parish Respect Life Committee
  • Respect Life Prayers
  • Respect for Life in Scripture
  • Abortion facts

Pro-Life Websites