The Office of Human Life and Dignity was created to broaden the scope and definition of the pastoral, educational, and advocacy initiatives within the Diocesan Ministry of Respect Life. Every life is made in the image and likeness of our God with intrinsic value, despite stage of development or social condition. This ministry promotes the dignity of all life from conception to natural death. The expanded scope of populations include: the unborn, post abortion healing, special needs, End of Life issues, human trafficking, capital punishment/death penalty and Courage/Encourage support groups

Mailing and Street Address
Diocesan Center for Family Life
11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258

May Oliver
(904) 262-3200, ext. 159

Administrative Assistant
Diane Heiser
(904) 262-3200, ext. 162

2019 Catholic Days at the Capitol – Registration is Open

Join us for Catholic Days at the Capitol, visiting legislators advocating our Catholic values from March 26-27, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact May Oliver at (904) 262-3200 ext. 159 or Otherwise, click the button below to download the registration form.

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Pregnancy & Adoption Services

Adoption Services
Geralyn Ryan
Call toll free: (866) 901-9647
For prospective adoptive parents, visit
For pregnant parents seeking adoption for their child, visit

Post-Adoption Services
Kayla Dever
(866) 901-9647

Pregnancy Services
Kayla Dever
(866) 901-9647
*For Gainesville, Lake City and Ocala areas

Crystal Peterson
(904) 354-4846, ext. 231
*For Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Daytona Beach areas

Pregnancy Resource Centers
Click here


Parish Respect Life Coordinators
Each parish in the diocese is asked to name a representative who leads activities in their parish. Coordinators are commissioned by the Bishop for a two-year appointment.

Respect Life Workshop
A yearly meeting of Coordinators to present current topics, introduce potential activities and provide fellowship.

Florida Respect Life Conference
An annual conference with speakers that address topics in defense of human life. The conference location rotates among the seven dioceses in Florida. The Diocese of St. Augustine will hos the 2019 State Respect Life Conference – volunteers needed and details TBA. Please contact May Oliver at or Diane Heiser at for more information.

Respect Life Contest
“Respecting Life Begins With Me,” an art and essay contest for elementary and middle school children demonstrates the value of all human life. This is a developmental program for students K through 8th grade which begins with a message of respect for all human life through awareness, prayer, influencing their school and community. The goal of the program is to understand the unique gift of each God-given human life no matter the age or social condition.

Pastoral Care

Respect Life Collection
The Respect Life Collection occurs annually in January on Sanctity of Life Sunday and benefits all the pregnancy resource centers in the diocese and the respect life work of each parish.

Project Rachel 
Confidential reconciliation and healing program providing a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion.

Respect Life Month
Parishes receive an up-to-date informational packet with suggestions to incorporate the life issues into worship and homilies.

Public Advocacy
Catholic Days at the Capitol is an initiative in partnership with the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops to represent our Catholic values to our legislature as they consider potential laws that effect the culture of life, including the unborn, end of life, special needs, human trafficking and the death penalty.

FLCAN – Florida Catholic Advocacy Network


Each parish is requested to establish a Holy Hour for Life – weekly or monthly – to pray for all human life and all respect life efforts in the parish. This holy hour should be scheduled and advertised in the parish bulletin.

Novena to the Holy Innocents
Prayer cards are available from the Office of Human Life & Dignity

Masses for the feast of the Holy Innocents are scheduled in each deanery. Please see event calendar on the diocesan website.

Respect Life Sunday
Celebrated during the first weekend in October. Check your parish bulletin for information on parish and local respect life events.