respect for life

Support Life – Participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaign

40 Days for Life is a peaceful campaign that seeks to draw attention to the abortion issue by undertaking three distinct actions during the 40 days of the campaign: encouraging prayer and fasting in support of life, a constant quiet and respectful prayer vigil outside of places that provide abortion and a call to educate your community/family/friends on the issue. In the Hamilton Diocese the 40 Days for Life campaign will run throughout Lent (March 2 – April 10).

Find our more or join a local campaign in your area:
Oakville (40 Days for Life)
Guelph (40 Days for Life - Guelph & Area Right to Life (
Hamilton (40 Days for Life).

Respect for Life

"Every human being is unique as a person and the bearer of a dignity that is not disposable, notwithstanding his level of development, his actual capacities, his talents, his strong and weak points or his social position, and this in all the phases of his existence."

(German Bishops, July 7, 2011)

Respect for all life is a foundational principle in our Catholic faith. In the world today, there is a dire need to counter a culture that does not give this respect and dignity to all life.

"What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life.  All together, we must build a new culture of life: new, because it will be able to confront and solve today's unprecedented problems affecting human life; new, because it will be capable of bringing about a serious and courageous cultural dialogue among all parties. While the urgent need for such a cultural transformation is linked to the present historical situation, it is also rooted in the Church's mission of evangelization.  The purpose of the Gospel, in fact, is "to transform humanity from within and make it new."  Like the yeast which leavens the whole measure of dough (Mt. 13:33), the Gospel is meant to permeate all cultures and give them life from within, so that they may express the full truth about the human person and about human life."

(Evangelium Vitae, 95)

Project Rachel - is a ministry that facilitates healing and reconciliation for women and men who are suffering due to an abortion experience; your link to the abortion may be direct or indirect. With the support of the Hamilton Diocese we provide confidential counselling to anyone in need. Click for link to Project Rachel page.

Diocesan Events:

Life Chain – first Sunday in October (Please contact your local Right to Life Group, or Alliance for Life Ontario for more information)

Culture of Life Leadership Conference -  Contact Teresa Hartnett at the Family Ministry Office for more information on the next Culture of Life Conference.


Bishop Crosby's Letter on Respect for Life

COLF (Canadian Organization for Life and Family):

Prolife Educational Groups: Alliance for Life Ontario (to find information on all Right to Life local groups in the Diocese, click on Affiliate groups on the Alliance for Life web page):; or call 1-519-824-7797

Pregnancy Support: or call 1-800-550-4900; also see "Pregnant?" at or call 1-866- Luv-Both (1-866-588-2684)

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: OR call 1-877-439-3348