Office of the Dignity of Human Life

Contact Office of Dignity of Human Life

Celia McKeeCelia McKee
Dignity of Human Life Coordinator

(920) 272-8271

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Office of the Dignity of Human Life
Bona Hall
P.O. Box 23825
1825 Riverside Drive
Green Bay, WI 54305


Respect for LifeThe Office of the Dignity of Human Life is responsible for strengthening respect life efforts in the diocese and for partnering with parishes, schools and catechetical programs by providing resources and consultation to promote life.

In his June 12, 2011, pastoral letter, "Parishes: Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive," Bishop David Ricken said: "One of the priorities for the church is the great need to realize the value and the dignity of all human life from the first moment of conception to its natural end."

Bringing Awareness of the Gift of Life

In his pastoral letter Bishop Ricken said: "The Dignity of Human Life Office will work with others in society and in our parishes to bring awareness, especially to the young, about the incredible importance of the gift of human life itself."

Bishop Ricken has outlined a three-facet respect life initiative for the Diocese:

 Pray and fast.

 Learn to love people by freeing them from their ignorance.

 Defend life with no fear, hesitation or compromise.


January 20, 21, 2017 | The Euthanasia Deception | Appleton, Oshkosh

Euthanasia Deception Film EventOne-hour documentary features powerful testimonies from Belgium and beyond of those devastated by "mercy killing" and exposes three deceptions: that it's a form of compassion; that it's a matter of autonomy; and that government "safeguards" protect the vulnerable.

January 20 | 6:30 p.m. | St. Thomas More, 1810 N. McDonald St, Appleton

January 21 | 10:00 a.m. | Grand Opera House, 100 High Ave, Oshkosh (part of Seeds of Fire monthly film series)

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January 24, March 25, 2017 | Respect Life Mass | Appleton, Green Bay

Respect-Life-Mass-EventsBishop Ricken will celebrate bilingual English/Spanish Respect Life Mass observing 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.

January 24 | 5:30 p.m. Rosary | 6:00 p.m. Bilingual Mass in English & Spanish | St. Pius X, 500 W Marquette St, Appleton, WI 54911

March 25 | 10:00 a.m. Bilingual Mass in English & Spanish | St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 South Monroe Ave, Green Bay, WI 54301

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40 Days for Life

EW40DaysForLifeLogoMarch 1 – April 9, 2017

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Moved by Mercy 2016-2017Respect Life Month 2016-2017
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Resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Resources available for order include brochures; full-color posters (22" x 17" English/Spanish on reverse sides); 32-page resource guides; reflection flyers; articles and more.

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Hope After Abortion

It's normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. We offer healing help.

Project-RachelProject Rachel is the Catholic Church's healing ministry to those who have been involved in abortion.

Project Rachel is a healing network of specially-trained caregivers that may include priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff, volunteers, mental health professionals, spiritual directors, mentors, chaplains, and medical personnel.

These individuals, often working as a team, provide direct care to women, men, and adolescents who have been touched by an abortion loss, enabling them to grieve, receive forgiveness, and find peace.

In addition to individualized counseling, some programs include support groups and retreats. Project Rachel programs can be found in about 150 Catholic dioceses in the United States, as well as in dioceses in other countries.

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Project Rachel in Northeastern Wisconsin

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Project Rachel nationally

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Abortion Funding Ban

U.S. Bishop's official tells Congress: Permanent ban on abortion funding is long overdue

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Online Resources

The Office of the Dignity of Human Life provides information and links in these areas:

Best Practices

Contact the Office of the Dignity of Human Life

Capital Punishment/Death Penalty


Emergency Help

End of Life Issues

En Espanol/Spanish Resources

40 Days for Life

Healing After Abortion

Hope and Healing on Issues Related to Childbearing, Sexuality and Relationships

Mass Intercessions/Bulletin Inserts/Prayers

Reproductive Technology

Resources and Information

Respect for Life Ideas for Parishes from the Diocese of Green Bay

Respect for Life Columns in The Compass

Respect for Life News on The Compass Website

Sexual Healing

Spiritual Adoption

Stem Cell Research