Respect Life

40 Days for Life/Wilmington Events

Opening Day Mass- On Wed., Mar. 5th, Bishop Malooly and Fr. Leonard Klein will concelebrate Mass at 8 AM at the Cathedral of St. Peter, at 500 N. West St. in Wilmington. The Mass will be followed by a Rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood clinic at 7th and Shipley streets, where the vigil will begin. Please join us!

Mid-point rally and Mass- Bishop Malooly will celebrate Mass on Tuesday, March 25th at 12:10 PM at the Cathedral of St. Peter, marking the half-way point of the vigil. From 9 AM to Noon, there will be a musical program at the corner of 7th and Shipley.

End of vigil celebration- Music and singing and prayers of thanksgiving will be the highlight of the last day of the vigil, Sat., April 12th. Finally, Fr. Leonard Klein will hold a Holy Hour of Adoration and Benediction on Palm Sunday, April 13th at 4 PM at St. Patrick’s Church at 15th and King Sts.

To add your church/group to the calendar, contact Lorie at: [email protected] or call 302-994-8861 and leave a message.To add your school or youth group, e-mail Gina at: [email protected]

For more information on the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Wilmington, please visit our website at Come and be a light in this dark world as part of the Body of Christ. You can help save a precious life!

The Maryland March for Life is March 10, 2014 in Annapolis.  For information, click here.

Healing from Abortion One Weekend at a Time. The Diocese of Wilmington Respect Life Office is offering a second Rachel’s Vineyard confidential retreat for women and men impacted by abortion on April 11-13 in Wilmington, DE. The response from the first retreat was exceptional: “Hidden grief and unforgiveness in myself were revealed, and healing has begun.” “The fear that has plagued me for years is gone.” For more information about the retreat, contact Nan Freeman at 302-528-8313, or go to


The Office of Pro-Life Activities of the Diocese of Wilmington held its annual  workshop for any and all interested Respect Life leaders from the diocese on Saturday, September 21, at St. Polycarp Church in Smyrna.

Gloria Purvis, an inspiring evangelist and apologist for the Catholic Faith. Gave a workshop and spoke to the group at lunchtime.

Click here to see Gloria Purvis’ lunchtime presentation.

Office for Pro Life Activities and Respect Life Committee

Rev. Leonard R. Klein
Diocese of Wilmington
PO Box 2030
Wilmington, DE 19899-2030
(302) 295-0626
[email protected] 


To read Bishop Francis Malooly’s letter to Members of the Delaware Legislature regarding Senate Bill 19 which proposes to repeal the death penalty in Delaware, CLICK HERE.

To send an email to your representitive in Dover in favor of SB-19, CLICK HERE.



Catholic Advance Health Care Directive for Delaware:  

Every person has the right to make his or her own medical decisions. But what happens if you become so seriously ill or injured that you can no longer make your own medical decisions or communicate them to those around you? That is when an advance heath care directive can be of great help. An advance health care directive, sometimes called a “living will,” is a legal document that allows you to give directions about your future medical care in the event you become unable to make your wishes known. An advance directive lets others know how you wish to be treated if you become seriously ill or injured and are unable to make decisions for yourself.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the Catholic Advanced Health Care Directive. Click here to download the document and instructions.



Catholic Advance Health Care Directive for Maryland: 

A copy of the Maryland Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, Comfort and Consolation Pastoral Letter, and Advanced Directive may be ordered by sending your name, address, and $6.00 (postage and handling included) to:

Maryland Catholic Conference
10 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

For more information, call 410-269-1155 or 301-261-1979, or e-mail [email protected].


If you are experiencing a crisis pregnancy
or are grieving after an abortion and need to talk to someone about it,
call our toll-free, 24-hour confidential pregnancy/post-abortion counseling hotline at

Click here for information about Birthright of Delaware.

Click here for information about the 40 Days for Life Campaign in Wilmington and Dover.

Click here for information about A Rose and a Prayer.

Click here for information about Rachel’s Vineyard.

Click here for information about Delaware Right to Life.


A Door of Hope—302-998-9000
3407 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE
218 E. Main St., Newark, DE

Bethany Christian Services –
Newark, DE

Mom’s House, Inc.—302-658-3433
1718 Howland St., Wilmington, DE

Pregnancy Help Center of
Kent County 302-698-9311
1991 S. State St., Dover, DE

Pregnancy Help Center of Kent
County 302-335-4225
3624 Bay Rd., Milford, DE

Sussex Pregnancy Care Center—
536 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE

Cecil County Pregnancy Center
247 Bridge St., Elkton, MD 

Maryland Pregnancy Center
24-Hour Hotline—1-800-492-5530