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.
Five Components of Pastoral Care
As set 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 social
justice issue of "respecting life" is comprised of following five components of pastoral care:
- Pregnancy services
- Post-abortion healing and reconciliation
- Care for those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying
- Care for prisoners, those on death row, and victims of violent crime
- Care for the elderly
The Mercy Center at Saint Joseph's
College 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.
Respect Life Sunday
Please note, the first Sunday in October is Respect Life Sunday. If you are
interested in getting involved, please contact Kathryn Cody, Interim Director of the Mercy Center, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Lindsay Carr at email@example.com.
Throughout the year, any donations can be taken to the Mercy Center located across from the Healy Chapel.