Marriage, Family & Respect Life Home

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.


Catholic Advocate Network

The 2017 Legislative Session began on January 10, 2017.  To keep up to date on the bills the Diocese is following, please visit the Catholic Advocate Network website at



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.


March 14, 2017, 12:00 noon
April 11, 2017, 12:00 noon
May 09, 2017, 12:00 noon
June 20, 2017, 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 6-8, 2017 at Broom Tree Retreat & Conference Center, Irene, SD
February 23-25, 2018 in Rapid City, SD
Show your spouse how much you appreciate them with some quality time together. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend makes a great gift for any special ocassion.  The next available Weekends are Oct 6-8, 2017 in Irene, SD and Feb 23-25, 2018 in Rapid City, SD. Early registration is highly recommended.  For more information visit our website at: or contact John & Dawn at or 605-359-1533.


March 31 – April 2, 2017
Retrouvaille, a confidential weekend that offers hope and help for couples to heal and renew their marriage relationship is scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2017. The weekend will take place at Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center near Marvin. 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. Please keep this weekend in mind for any couple you feel would be open to this healing opportunity. For more information, or to help register a couple, visit our website or contact our office. For general information visit:


April 18, 2017, Holy Spirit Parish, 6:15 p.m.
“All in God’s Plan” is a program for Mothers & Daughters and Fathers & Sons to come together in separate sessions to learn age appropriate information about human sexuality, human development, and chastity formation.  For more information please call our office or to register click here.