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

“All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
– Pope Francis, Message to Catholics at annual Day for Life in Britain & Ireland July 28, 2013


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


For assistance or for more information on any of the programs, offerings, or counseling listed below, please feel free to contact Carol Owens, Life & Family Coordinator, at 401/421-7833, x 218, or email Or call Project Rachel-Abortion/Post-Abortion Help Line 24/7 at 1-888-456-HOPE; all calls confidential.


Pregnant? Afraid? Need help? Need to talk?…Call Project Rachel-Abortion/Post-Abortion Help Line 24/7 at 1-888-456-HOPE; all calls confidential. More helpful ministries below.

Hope and Healing After an Abortion

Call Project Rachel-Abortion/Post-Abortion Help Line 24/7 at 1-888-456-HOPE; all calls confidential. More helpful ministries below.

Respect Life Events

  • Sat., Aug. 22 – National Day of Protest (Defund Planned Parenthood) – Flyer w/ agenda
  • Wed., Sept. 23 to Sat., Oct. 31 – 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign – Flyer; Poster
  • Thurs., Sept. 24 – Celebration of the Feast of St. Francis and a Season of Creation (an environmental event) – Flyer
  • Sat., Oct. 3 – 11th Annual Human Life Guild Day – Invitation
  • Sun., Oct. 4 – Annual LIFE CHAIN Sunday – Poster; Schedule & Locations
  • Fri. to Sun., Oct. 16, 17, 18 – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat (English) – Flyer
  • Fri. to Sun., Oct. 23, 24, 24 – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat (Spanish) – Flyer

Additional 2015 Offerings

More Life & Family program info

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


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


St. Gabriel’s Call – help for mothers and their unborn babies
Need help? This parish-based program works with women and families facing a pregnancy – including problem pregnancies – delivering much-needed support in many forms, as well as sharing a message of hope. St. Gabriel’s Call message is a profound commitment, not only to the unborn, but also to their mothers. More.

The Elizabeth Ministry
The Elizabeth Ministry is a parish-based outreach to women in special times of motherhood. This ministry affirms, supports, encourages and assists women in need during their childbearing years.
This program is scripturally-grounded in the relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth (the Visitation passage).  More.


My Child…My Gift
This support program assists those parents whose children are diagnosed with a medical challenge or diagnosed with an ailment while in the mother’s womb.  More.


Offers a pregnant or parenting woman and her family the opportunity to review options and receive parenting support prior to and/or after the birth of the child.  More.


Post-Abortion Ministry Outreach and healing programs for women and men affected by abortion – Learn more –

  • Project Rachel
  • Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats (weekend)
  • Healing the Wounded Heart Support Group
  • Lumina
  • Individual counseling


End of Life Issues/The Catholic Perspective
Though most people prefer not to think about their own mortality and inevitable passage to the unknown, it is the door to eternity. 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.  More.

Social Work Support

Provides a wide spectrum of support to individuals and families, includes support programs(see list below), marriage evaluations, clinical consultation/support.


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 Group: 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.

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.


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. More.

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

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, including disability awareness, living the Gospel of Life, end of life issues, and all life-related issues.

Educational Programs
More here.

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

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, St. Gabriel’s Call, 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?  More.

Contact Information
Carol Owens, Director

Education and Outreach

Peter A. Magnotta, Licensed Social Worker (MSW)

Paola Lois, Education Coordinator

St. Gabriel’s Call Assistant

Call Project Rachel-Abortion/Post-Abortion Help Line 24/7 at 1-888-456-HOPE; all calls confidential. 

One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903