Infertility Support


  "Couples who discover that they are sterile suffer greatly. "What will you give me," asks Abraham of God, "for I continue childless?" And Rachel cries to her husband Jacob, "Give me children, or I shall die!" " (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2374)  If you or someone you know is suffering from infertility, the following information is a beginning point.  If you find you need extra support, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the OMFRL for assistance. 


Prayers and Discernment

Dealing with infertility is a road paved with prayers and discernment. 


CLICK HERE for a full list of prayer and discernment resourses to help you on your path.


The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin MaryPrayer Card


Saints Anne and Joachim Novena


Saint Gerard Novena

Help is Available

Please know that you are not alone!  Perhaps you are at a point where some outside assistance may be helpful in dealing with your struggles.  Here are two recommended resources here in our diocese:


Contact your Parish Priest for a confidential meeting to help address the struggles you are experiencing.


Catholic Family Services offers counseling and support for those seeking healing with grief counseling . CLICK HERE for more information.

Medical Assistance

At Avera Women's, the Catholic healthcare system in Eastern South Dakota, you will find a team of physicians, nurses and support staff with a wealth of experience in women's health services, including fertility care. 


The Pope Paul VI Institute, founded in 1985 by Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, is internationally recognized for its outstanding achievements in the field of natural fertility regulation and reproductive medicine, including assisting those couples struggling with infertility. 

Articles and Resources

Overcoming Obstacles: Infertility

Infertility Journey: Making Faith Informed Decisions Under the Guiding Hands of God


On Being Catholic and Infertile

In-Vitro Fertilization and the Hermeneutic of the Gift

Catholic Family Services is available to answer any question you may have on the gift of adoption. 
Videos, including a brief two part series highlighting the powerful testimony of one couple's struggle with infertility and the hope achieved through NaPro Technology and modern women's health science.  Below is a presentation with Msgr. Charles Mangan discussing the importance and distinct role that Mary, our mother in grief, plays for those suffering from infertility.    

Church Documents

Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology

Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person) 2008


Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life) 1987

Websites and Blogs

USCCB Infertility Site


National Catholic Bioethics Center


Avera Women's


Pope Paul VI Institute


Elizabeth Ministry


Hannah's Tears Ministry


DISCLAIMER: The website links are listed for your convenience. The fact that a certain website is contained in this list does not in any way signify endorsement by the diocese, as some websites may take positions in opposition to the diocese or the teachings of the Catholic Church, or may display information that we feel is inappropriate. If you have any questions about the websites contained in this list, please call us at 605-988-3755