Respect Life

The diocesan Respect Life Committee again this year is sponsoring a workshop for parish pro-life leaders. This year’s focus should be of interest also to teachers, catechists, parents and others. The theme is The Hazardous Results of the Sexual Revolution. The main speaker will be Gloria Purvis. Gloria was a host of the EWTN program “Authentically Free at Last” and is co-chair of Black Catholics United for Life.

Several workshops will address ways to respond to the moral and cultural challenges of the sexual revolution. The Program will take place on Saturday, October 18, at St. Polycarp Church in Smyrna. Registration begins at 9:00; the program ends at 4:00. There is no charge; a free will offering is taken to cover the costs of lunch. Register any time by contacting Fr. Leonard Klein at [email protected]


Healing from Abortion One Weekend at a Time. The Diocese of Wilmington Respect Life Office is offering a third Rachel’s Vineyard confidential retreat November 21-23 in Wilmington, DE for women and men impacted by abortion. The response from the first two retreats was exceptional. More women are finding freedom and healing from the pain of abortion. For more information about the retreat, contact Nan Freeman at 302-528-8313, or go to


Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Wilmington for Life and Rachel’s Vineyard to be held on Sept. 6, 2014.  Click here for details.


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