Respect Life


Save the Date!

The program for the diocesan Respect Life Day on Saturday, Saturday, September 17, at St. Helena’s Church is complete.  The speakers will be two veteran leaders in the Pro-Life Movement (both of whom have spent time in jail for their faithfulness.)  We welcome Fr. Paul Schenck, Director of Pro-Life Activities, Diocese of Harrisburg, for the first time, and we welcome back Fr. John McFadden of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

Registration will begin at 2:30. At 3:00 p.m., Father Schenck will speak on the Dignity of the Person from Conception to Natural Death.  At 4:00 p.m. Fr. McFadden will speak on his work with post-abortion recovery.

At 5:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Helena’s with Fr. Schenck as homilist.

At 6:00 p.m. in Masci Hall there will be an Italian Dinner, a fundraiser for Rachel’s Vineyard and 40 Days for Life.  $20 for adults, $10 children over 12 — maximum $60 for families with children.  Fr. Schenck will tell his fascinating life story (he is a convert from Judaism) after dinner.

To register, contact Pat Radell at [email protected], or 302-723-9254 or click here for online registration and more information.

Rachel’s Vineyard Catholic Retreat for post-abortion healing will be held at in Wilmington, Delaware on October 21-23, 2016.  The retreat weekend is a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion.  For more info contact Nan at 302-528-8313 or visit

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] 


Physician Assisted Suicide Debate Comes to Delaware:

Maggie was diagnosed with brain cancer and strongly opposes assisted suicide. Hear this story of a strong woman with much left to give to her family and society. She has a powerful story of hope and courage – and that no doctor can put a timetable on anyone’s life.

Click here to read, “To Live Each Day With Dignity: A Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide” from the USCCB.

Click here to read, “Whose Life Is It Anyway: Thoughts on Physician Assisted Suicide” By Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p

Click here to “Get the facts about Physician Assisted Suicide in Maryland.”

For information from a secular source on Natural Family Planning, we recommend the book, “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler, available at major online retailers.

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.

 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 are available here.



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 

Choices for Life Pregnancy Center, 8221 Teal Drive Unit 408,
Easton, MD 21601. 410-822-3311.

Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center, 1300 S. Division St, Salisbury, MD
21801. 410-546-5433.

Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center, 10226 Old Ocean City Blvd,
Berlin,  MD 21811. 443-513-4124.

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