Life & Family

“The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life: who will proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel of life in every situation.”
– John Paul II, St. Louis, 1999

The Office of Life & Family Ministry is the union of Respect Life Ministry and Family Life  Ministry.

All these ministries are one – thus, the Office of Life & Family Ministry is comprised of a number of efforts that protect and defend innocent human life at every stage, offer post-abortion outreach and healing programs, have a variety of educational programs for all ages, provide programs for crisis pregnancies, offer support groups for separated & divorced, those who are widowed, and other counseling and support opportunities.

For more information, please contact Carol Owens, Life & Family Coordinator, at 401.421.7833, x 218 or

Upcoming Programs Offered


For more information or a confidential consultation on any of the offerings above, please call, 401.421.7833, x 218 or 401.278.4508.

Television Program

You are invited to click here to learn more about the Diocesan-produced television program  ’This is the Life’.


Please click here to subscribe for the office’s free electronic newsletter


For the latest events – including Human Life Guild , Educational offerings, The Gabriel Project,  Post-Abortion,  Respect Life Masses, Bereavement Support & more – please visit the the Diocesan home page or the Rhode Island Catholic website.

Write for Life

Speak for the unborn and make sure their plea is heard in the media and before elected officials.  Are you willing to give a voice to the unborn?


Human Life Guild
The Respect Life Office falls under the umbrella of the Human Life Guild, an organization that Bishop Thomas J. Tobin founded in the Diocese of Providence in fall of 2005. The purpose of the organization is to encourage membership of those who are willing to accept the invitation to be “People of Life,” to have an unconditional commitment to human life and to be willing to promote and defend human life at every stage, in every condition, through thought, word, deed and prayer. There are four major areas of the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, under which the Human Life Guild is implemented, as instituted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Education, Pastoral Care, Public Policy, and Prayer.

While The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence no longer provides adoption services, please click on the link above for more information about adoption in Rhode Island.

Pastoral Care

Programs ranging from God’s Gift of Life to End of Life.

Post-Abortion Ministry
Outreach and healing programs for women and men affected by abortion: Project Rachel, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, Healing the Wounded Heart Support Group, Lumina and individual counseling.

My Child…My Gift
A new support program established to assist those parents whose children are diagnosed with a medical challenge or diagnosed with an ailment while in the mother’s womb.

The Gabriel Project 
A parish-based program that recruits and trains volunteers at a parish level, to work with women and families facing problem pregnancies, delivering a message of hope and support. The Project Gabriel message is a profound commitment, not only to the unborn, but also to their mothers.

The Elizabeth Ministry
The Elizabeth Ministry is a parish-based outreach to women in special times of motherhood.  It is scripturally grounded in the relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth (the Visitation passage). The purpose of the ministry is to affirm, support, encourage and assist women in response to their needs during the childbearing years.

End of Life Issues/The Catholic Perspective
This presentation focuses on the end of life issues. It’s the door to eternity, though most people prefer not to think about their own mortality and inevitable passage to the unknown. Nonetheless, there are dimensions that ought to be faced because one’s last days, weeks, or even months could depend on choices and medical directives made while a person is healthy – or not made, leaving one’s fate in the hands of strangers.


Social Work Support

Provides a wide spectrum of support to individuals and families, includes support program, marriage evaluations, clinical consultation/support.

Support Programs

Crisis Pregnancy Counseling: Offers a pregnant or parenting woman and her family the opportunity to review options and receive parenting support prior to or after the birth of the child.

Separated & Divorced Support Groups:  An opportunity to share with others who have similar life experiences. Groups provided throughout Rhode Island, and facilitators receive training prior to initiating a group.

Bereavement Support Group: An opportunity to share their grief with others with spiritual support and comfort.

Marriage Strengthening: A discussion group to address topics that strengthen the sacramental journey of marriage.

Counseling:  Referrals to therapists and physicians whose therapeutic basis offers a Catholic/Christian perspective.

Educational Curriculum

A number of educational programs are offered through this office for all ages, including, but not limited to, the topics of chastity, God’s Gift of Life I & II, Talkin’ About Drugs and Alcohol, Choose Life, Chastity-The Way to True Love, Mixed Up By Media, Poverty Hits Home, Circles of Peace, He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands, Who’s Under Your Carbon Footprint?, and more, disability awareness, living the Gospel of Life, end of life issues, and all life-related issues.

Caring for Creation

Rhode Island individuals and congregations are invited to engage in various initiatives focused on caring for creation and the poor.


Contact Information
Carol Owens, Director

Education and Outreach

Peter A. Magnotta, Licensed Social Worker (MSW)

Paola Lois, Education Coordinator

The Gabriel Project Assistant

One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903