The dignity of human life is at the very core of Christian doctrine. Campus Ministry engages in several activities in support of this most basic human right, the right to life. These include advocating for legislation that protects life and sponsoring participants in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., as well as local activities that assist women facing a crisis pregnancy, including raising funds, obtaining infant care items, and other service for women’s shelters in the area. On campus speakers and films are also scheduled from time to time.
The social justice issue of Respect Life is comprised of five components of Pastoral Care:
These components were put forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Pastoral Plan fro Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life (2001). The Mercy Center for Service Leadership and Learning at Saint Joseph's College of Maine currently offers student service and leadership opportunities in three of these areas: Pregnancy, abortion and childcare; Care for the Disabled; and Care for the Elderly.
The first Sunday in October is Respect Life Sunday.