Programs & Resources
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you very much.
I beg of you to spare the life of the unborn child I have spiritually adopted, who is in danger of abortion.
– Archbishop Fulton J Sheen’s Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn
These programs and services are available throughout the Diocese of Peoria to promote and defend human dignity.
Inspired by the Christ Child and with the direction of Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., this society provides layettes for newborns in need, thereby supporting those who have chosen life in spite of difficult circumstances.
Located at 415 NE Monroe Street in Peoria, the Family Resources Center houses the Respect Life Library, is the location for several diocesan events, and offers a host of other services to the community.
Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Every life is sacred, no matter how challenged by poverty, abuse, disease, or disability. Every person, regardless of race, sex, and social class, born and unborn, has dignity and potential which flows from being created in the image and likeness of God. With this foundation, Catholic Charities strives to serve anyone who is in need through several outreach ministries.
Pope John Paul II articulated Catholic teaching of human life and human dignity as the Gospel of Life in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life). From conception until natural death – and at every point in between, human life is to be defended and developed. This is supported in the diocese by providing Natural Family Planning classes and resources for families.
Community & National Programs
The Life Chain provides a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
Services are designed to build on the strengthening capabilities of individuals, families, and congregations to care for one another in light of their relationship with God and their faith traditions.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is a Catholic retreat open to people of all faiths. It offers a safe and effective process in a confidential setting to bring the individual from brokenness toward reconciliation with oneself, with the unborn child, the family, the Church, and with God.
The mission of the Central Illinois Right to Life Society is to educate and mobilize citizens to take responsible action in defense and support of innocent human life from conception to natural death.
An unexpected pregnancy can be a hard thing to face alone. The Women’s Care Center provides free, confidential counseling, support and education to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
As a Catholic health care ministry, OSF Institute for Women’s Health and Fertility provides assistance to all women who want to monitor and maintain their gynecological health. They also help engaged or married couples build their families. they believe it is important to provide an option to contraception that is safe, evidence-based, effective and consistent with the commitment to the dignity of the person.
The Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction was founded in 1985 to answer the call for reproductive health care that fully respects life. The Institute, located in Omaha, has developed a new approach to women's health care that embodies the best principles of medicine and offers superior treatments to women and challenges mainstream medicine, which relies on contraception, in vitrofertilization, and abortion.