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Respect Life

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The Respect Life Ministry office of the Oakland Diocese seeks to help East Bay Catholics understand, value, and live out the Catholic vision of respect for life. Respect Life Ministry carries out its work in four areas: education, respect life ministry support, pastoral care, and legislative advocacy.

While the Respect Life office chiefly addresses the issues of abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment, it collaborates with other diocesan departments in addressing broader social justice issues. In embracing a consistent ethic of life, we are attentive to the Gospel’s all-encompassing vision of respect for life, even as we deliberately devote our efforts and attention to a more focused agenda.


Contact Information

Coordinator, Office for Life and Justice

Coordinator, Rachel's Vineyard Retreat 

Coordinator, CRS/CCHD 

Meg Bowerman
Coordinator, JustFaith Ministries - Volunteer

Patrick Shandonay
Coordinator, CRS Ethical Trade Ministry - Volunteer

Coordinator, Detention Ministry 
Santa Rita Jail and Glenn Dyer Detention Center 

Support Staff, Catholic Immigration Support Network

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