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Respect Life Month



Respect Life Month

GAYLORD, MICHIGAN — October is annually observed as “Respect Life Month” in the Catholic Church, a season to reflect on God’s precious gift of life. This year’s theme for Respect Life Month is “Live the Gospel of Life,” inspired by the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “The Gospel of Life.” Catholics are reminded by Saint Pope John Paul II that the dignity of the human person should never be diminished, and that it is ever-critical to care for and uphold human life, particularly of the unborn, the elderly, persons with disabilities and the marginalized of our society.

As Respect Life Month begins, Bishop Walter A. Hurley, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gaylord, states, “Human life is indeed a precious gift. I remain in awe that our Creator molded us in His own image and likeness — ‘wonderfully made’ we truly are. This gift of life is fragile, however, and as God’s people we must remember that we are to both respect this gift and stand firm in defense of it. There are many pressing “life issues” at hand in our world today, each threatening the dignity of human life in its own way. We must not turn a blind eye to these matters, but rather ask for the Lord’s help to be bold and courageous in our efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us, preserving the gift of life he has so generously given to us.”

Catholic churches will celebrate Respect Life Sunday on October 4, 2020. Resources to aid in the celebration and observance of Respect Life Month can be located on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s dedicated webpage




The Diocese of Gaylord was established by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on July 20, 1971. The territory encompasses 11,171 square miles and includes the 21 most northern counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The region is home to nearly 50,000 Catholics, served by 75 parishes, 17 Catholic schools and many closely-related institutions. For more information, visit

Keywords: Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Gaylord, Respect Life Month

Media Contact: Mrs. Mackenzie Ritchie, Director of Communications / / 989.705.3506

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