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Family Life and Respect Life

Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. With Christ's love, the Diocese of Gaylord's Family Life and Respect Life Office is here to serve you. We offer a variety of opportunities for people to grow closer in relationship to Christ through marriage preparation classes and retreats, family life support and enrichment, education in St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, and continued efforts to help all grow in awareness of the beauty and dignity of every human person.

A great marriage resource:


Be a Witness for Life!

This past January, pro-lifers across the Diocese of Gaylord took a public stance against abortion. Parishioners from various parishes held either a local march or prayer service. St. Mary Cathedral held its 7th Annual March for Life. At this year's rally, Bishop Raica gave a powerful speech on the importance of protecting all those in the womb. To read Bishop Raica's full speech, click on the link below!


Moved By Mercy


"God made each of us in his own image and likeness.  He desires to be united with us forever in a loving relationship.  God loves us, treats us with respect, and asks us to do the same with others.  Every person is sacred and must be treated with the dignity they deserve.  No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly—everyone should be cherished and protected!" -Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Observed since 1972, October is Respect Life Month. Each of us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation. Let us all pray for peace, from womb to tomb here in the Diocese of Gaylord.

To help educate the people in your parish, visit the USCCB's website for additional resources or contact the Family Life and Respect Life Office at 989-732-5147. Ask for Marie Hahnenberg.

9 Days for Life Novena


Pray with the Bishops to end abortion
The U.S. Bishops Annual Novena, 9 Days for Life takes place Thursday, January 18 - Friday, January 26, 2018. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life (especially those in the womb). See the USCCB Website for more information!