Welcome to the Home Page of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life.  Saint John Paul II began his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, by saying "The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as "good news" to the people of every age and culture." The mission of the Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life is to spread this "good news" to the people of Eastern South Dakota through prayer, education and action so that we might help support marriages, families, and build a culture of life in our diocese and beyond.







Celebrate Respect Life Month - October 2015


To assist you in sharing the Gospel of Life in your families, parishes, schools and other venues, please review and ultilize the following resources:

2015-2016 Respect Life Program Materials on the USCCB Website

Respect Life Prayer and Program Guide (formally the Liturgy Guide)

Flyer for Fall Conference in Watertown on October, 24, 2015 

Celebration Suggestions

Movie Night Suggestions

Sample Quotes for Bulletins and Social Media  (Word Format:)

Parish/School/Event Display Suggestions

2015 South Dakota Abortion Statistics

2015-2016 Faithful Citizenship Handout

Respect Life Representative Project Guide






Engaged Encounter is a weekend away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life to allow an engaged couple to concentrate on their relationship.  For a listing of all weekends for the Diocese of Sioux Falls CLICK HERE.

October 4, 2015, Broom Tree
Join us for the 13th Annual Diocesan Youth Hunt at Broom Tree and the surrounding countryside on Sunday, October 4, 2015.  There will be opportunities for prayer, fellowship, education, and all the excitement surrounding a hunt, including family fun activities for non-hunting family members.  CLICK HERE for more information.

October 20, 2015, 12:00 noon, Planned Parenthood on 41st Street, Sioux Falls

To learn more and to sign up to participate in this prayer ministry, please visit the Life Chain Link Page of this website.

October 24, 2015, Immaculate Conception, Watertown SD
Please join us for this year's Respect Life Fall Conference entitled “Building a Culture of Life through the Family” at Immaculate Conception Parish, Watertown. There will be opportunities for prayer, presentations and fellowship in strengthening a culture of life by building strong families. Flyer and Agenda  
March 18-20, 2016, Broom Tree Retreat Center, Irene, SD
Retrouvaille, a confidential weekend that offers hope and help for couples to heal and renew their marriage relationship is scheduled for March 18-20, 2016.  The weekend will take place at Broom Tree Retreat Center.  Retrouvaille is a peer to peer ministry and has helped couples experiencing chronic communication problems, as well as those who thought they were beyond hope, already separated, or even divorced.  For more information visit www.retrouvaille.org or call 605.988.3755 to register.