Beginning of Life Initiatives

“Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. […] It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are […] never a means of resolving other problems.” Evangelii Gaudium, 213

The Diocese of Raleigh supports activities such as the NC Rally for Life, 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, Project Rachel and Be Not Afraid, which minister to mothers in crisis pregnancies, those in need of healing following an abortion or those who receive a poor prenatal diagnosis.


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 

Diocese of Raleigh Activities and Resources

Be Not Afraid is the Diocese of Raleigh ministry of support to those suffering from a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term. Prenatal diagnosis and screening (PDF) - Read their new brochure to learn what every Catholic needs to know to make informed decisions about prenatal screening and care.

Forty Days for Life - This program is about praying, fasting, vigil, and community outreach.

Gabriel Project
The Gabriel Project helps women in crisis pregnancies by offering Christian love and practical solutions at the parish. Contact the Office of Human Life and Dignity for comprehensive information and resources about how to begin Gabriel Project in your parish.

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, or call 919-852-1021, or e-mail All contacts are strictly confidential. For more information, please visit our Project Rachel page.

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.

USCCB Respect Life Program Resources

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