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Contacts

Senior Director of Lay Leadership
Mrs. Jackie Bonk
Phone: 919-645-4438
Email: jackie.bonk@raldioc.org

Respect Life Ministry Coordinator
Mrs. Mary Beth Phillips
Phone: 919-719-8267
Email: marybeth.phillips@raldioc.org

Contact

Director
Jackie Bonk
Phone: 919-645-4438
Email: jackie.bonk@raldioc.org

Respect Life Ministry Coordinator
Mary Beth Phillips
Phone: 919-719-8267
Email: marybeth.phillips@raldioc.org

Social Concerns and Advocacy Coordinator
Vacant

Coordinator of Prison Ministry
Deacon Mike Vandiver
Phone: 919-821-9751
Email: Deacon.Mike.Vandiver@raldioc.org

Beginning of Life Initiatives

The Diocese of Raleigh supports activities such as the NC Rally for Life, Love My Life Youth Rally, DC March for Life, 40 Days for Life and The Blessing of the Child in the Womb ceremony (PDF). It also supports ministries such as the Gabriel Project and Project Rachel, which minister to mothers in crisis pregnancies and those in need of healing following an abortion.


Bioethics

Ethics is the effect that morals (knowledge of right and wrong) have on human behavior. Bioethics, then, specifically deals with those patterns of human behavior as applied to the medical field. This encompasses medical research, patient treatments and other general medical issues. These are areas that touch all of our lives in a very personal and sometimes emotional way. This series of talks on Catholic bioethics attempts to bring these issues to light in the fullness of Catholic teaching. The Catholic Church has a rich heritage of teaching and guidance in this area and continues to study these cutting edge issues and apply sound doctrine to bring us to the truth. To learn more, watch the videos and download the resources below.

Watch the 10 talks - Each is approximately an hour in length, suitable for an education night in your parish.

Summary and discussion document (PDF) to accompany the talks 

Promotional brochure (PDF)

Essay questions for those pursuing Diocesan Respect Life Certification (PDF)


Diocese of Raleigh Activities and Resources

Prenatal diagnosis and screening (PDF) - Read a new brochure to learn what every Catholic needs to know to make informed decisions about prenatal screening and care. You can also visit the Be Not Afraid website to learn about support to parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term.

Forty Days for Life - This program is about praying, fasting, vigil, and community outreach. The Diocese of Raleigh has participated in this national effort during the month of October and during Lent. Read about the 2016 observance.

Adoption Services
Catholic Charities has provided adoption and child welfare services since 1898. We assist families seeking either domestic or international adoption from an authorized placement source. Adoption services currently include: consultation on how to get started, pre-placement assessments and home studies, updates to existing home studies, and post-placement supervision. Please contact Sally Umbdenstock at 919-790-8533, ext. 24 or umbdenstocks@raldioc.org for more information.

The Benefit for Life Gala provides vital aid to the pro-life organizations of Birthchoice, Project Rachel, Family Honor, and Gabriel Project.  Birthchoice is a Catholic-run medical clinic that provides support for pregnant mothers; Gabriel Project helps with financial, emotional and spiritual support; Project Rachel is the post-abortion healing ministry for the Diocese of Raleigh, and Family Honor provides chastity education to young people. Read about the 2016 Benefit for Life Gala.

BirthChoice
Provides: pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, referrals for resources, post-abortion counseling, and more!

Catholic Charities Regional Offices
Regional offices for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Raleigh, provide a myriad of services including counseling, emergency assistance, layettes, immigration services, pharmacy assistance, and more. Contact each office to see what services are provided locally.

Gabriel Project
The Gabriel Project helps women in crisis pregnancies by offering Christian love and practical solutions at the parish. Contact Mary Beth Phillips at Marybeth.phillips@raldioc.org for comprehensive information and resources about how to begin Gabriel Project in your parish.

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children - Each year in September, the faithful gather at 132 locations throughout the United States to remember the 55 million children who have been aborted since 1973. In the Diocese of Raleigh, services are held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Newton Grove, where 157 aborted babies were buried in 1988. For more information, click hereRead about the 2014 observance.

Project Rachel
A ministry to help women and men who suffer emotionally or spiritually because of an abortion. Lay counselors, lay volunteers, deacons and priests are available to work with post-abortive women and men. For more information go to www.projectrachelnc.org, or call 919-852-1021, or e-mail projectrachel@nc.rr.com. All contacts are strictly confidential. For more information, please visit our Project Rachel page.

Elizabeth Ministry
An international movement created to support women and their families during the joys, sorrows, and challenges of the child bearing years and beyond.


Other Resources

Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of Person) – An instruction from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith on ethical issues and biomedical research. It provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in this scientific age.

National Catholic Bioethics Center
The National Catholic Bioethics Center is engaged in research, education, consultation, and publishing to promote the dignity of the human person in health care and life sciences.

The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment works closely with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to produce educational and program resources, communicate with leaders about legislative priorities, and present legislative seminars throughout the year. In a special way, NCHLA assists dioceses, state Catholic conferences, and Catholic lay groups. 

USCCB Respect Life Program Resources

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