Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington
55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403     802-658-6110

Contact Information

Deacon Phil Lawson 
(802) 658-6110 Ext. 1453


Lori Daudelin
802-658-6110, ext. 1131


Carrie Handy
802-658-6110, ext. 1176

2017-2018 CALENDAR 

September 2017

Friday, September 15

40 Days for Life - Rutland Kickoff Event

5-7 p.m.  Location TBA (See for details)

Information call: Delia Warnecke 802 287 0354

Saturday, September 23

40 Days for Life - Burlington/Williston Kickoff Event 

1 to 3 p.m. at St Anthony Parish Hall in Burlington followed by a rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm at 183 St Paul Street.  

St. Padre Pio Feast Day

Patron of the Unborn 

September 27-Nov. 5, 2017 

Is God calling you to participate? 40 Days for Life is an excellent pro-life effort that has established a solid reputation for peaceful, prayerful public witness and education over the past 10 years. Participants gather in prayer in front of abortion clinics to pray for the unborn and their parents. Catholics throughout Vermont are encouraged to consider offering an hour of pro-life witness on behalf of life. Parish service groups and youth groups may wish to volunteer as individuals or in groups at a vigil site. Vermont Vigil Sites and Times:

75 Talcott Road, Williston from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m

182 St. Paul Street, Burlington, Wednesdays 8 a.m.- noon; Rosaries on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 5 p.m. Call Agnes Clift for information 802 310-9520

6 Roberts Avenue, Rutland - Delia Warnecke 802 287-0354 . Sign up for vigil hours online at


Saturday, September 30

Chittenden County Right to Life Annual Dinner and Auction

St. John Vianney Parish Hall

5:30 p.m. For information/reservations call Eileen Haupt  (802) 899-4882

October 2017

Respect Life Month – “Be Not Afraid” Catholic parishes throughout Vermont will offer prayer, public education and pastoral care initiatives in recognition of  Respect Life Month, whose theme this year is Be Not Afraid. Check your parish bulletin to find out how you can participate!


Sunday, October 1

Respect Life Sunday Masses will be offered in recognition of the sanctity of all human life.


Life Chain, a one-hour, inter-faith, silent witness, calling for an end to abortion – will take place in several Vermont communities:

Burlington from 2-3 p.m. on MainStreet, beginning at Edmunds School at the intersection with South Union Street. Contact Ethel Brousseau, 802 893 1168

Newport 2-3 p.m. intersection of Coventry St. and Main St., near the State Office Building

Contact Jeannine Young, email:


Monday, October 16

St. Gerard Majella Feast Day

Patron Saint of expectant mothers and unborn children

Saturday, October 21

Day of Hope

Location: Burlington area

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

An afternoon to pray for those who have been wounded by
The Day of Hope is a one-day retreat designed to help women hurting from past abortions experience the personal love of Christ and find hope for healing. The retreat offers a loving and confidential environment with a committed team of 5-6 members including trained Diocesan Staff, a professional counselor, a priest and a woman who has experience post-abortion healing.  All team members are committed to absolute confidentiality.  For more information, write respectlife or call 802 658-6110, ext. 1131. Hosted by the Project Rachel Ministry.

November 2017

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

Annual Birthright Dinner

6 p.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall in Essex. Guest Speaker: Liz Parris,RN, who will share her experiences working with new immigrant children and families as a school nurse in Winooski. Registration requiredcontact Birthright at 802 865-0056 or email

Youth Pro-Life and Chastity Outreach

The Culture Project will present retreats on the topics of human dignity chastity at five locations in Vermont during November.  Thank you to the following host parishes for helping to make this possible:

   St. Jude Parish, Hinesburg, Nov. 4  (morning)

  High School Youth Retreat, Dumaine House Retreat Center, Jacksonville, Nov. 4 (evening)

  Christ the King Parish, Rutland, Nov. 5 (morning)

  Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales Parish, Nov. 5, Bennington (evening)

  Holy Angels St. Albans, Nov. 11 (afternoon)

Complete retreat details will be available from host parish sites in the near future.

Learn more about The Culture Project here:


December 2017

Tuesday, December 12 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Patroness of the Unborn

A good day to pray a rosary for all victims of abortion.


January 2018

Saturday, January 13

Rally for Life Mass 9:30 a.m. St. Augustine Church in Montpelier. Bishop Coyne will be the main celebrant.

Rally for Life 10:45 Montpelier - After Mass,
participants will gather behind City Hall to line up for the march to the steps of the State House, where opening remarks will be followed by speakers indoors.


January 18-26

9 Days for Life 

9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life 

Surrounding the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (January 22, 2018), the overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to abortion. However, the novena also highlights many other facets of respecting each other's God-given dignity, especially by respecting human life at every stage and in every circumstance. Join at


Thursday, January 18

March for Life Pilgrimage

Diocesan-sponsored buses will depart on January 18 to attend the annual March for Life.

Friday, January 19

Annual Rally and March for Life in Washington, DC—the largest pro-life event of the year.  


Monday, January 22, 2018:

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children 

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.” As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Another way to take part is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade


April 2018

April 6-8

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

Weekend retreat offering a safe place to rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. A supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where men and women can express and release painful post-abortion emotions to begin the healing process.  Information/registration:  (802) 658-4118


Friday, April 13 

Blessed Margaret of Castello Feast Day   

Patron of Right to Life Groups and the Disabled


2017-2018 CALENDAR 

Compiled by the Respect Life Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington 

Email: Carrie Handy



Abortion hurts women. Project Rachel is a post-abortion healing ministry that provides one-on-one pastoral care, with particular attention to the importance of spiritual healing and Sacramental Reconciliation. Priests and Catholic mental health profes-sionals with specialized training in Project Rachel are available as well as retreats which offer more in-depth pastoral care. If you or someone you know is suffering as a result of abor-tion, call our confidential hotline: (802) 658-4118 



The Diocesan Respect Life Alert Network is a phone/email chain put in place more than 20 years ago (originally under the title, Bishop’s Respect Life Phone Tree) to communicate “action alerts” and updates regarding im-portant public policy initiatives and proposed legislation in Vermont. When the Respect Life Alert Network is activated, automated phone calls and emails go out to the nearly-1400-member list. Usually, the alerts contain a request for action to call State or National legislators to express concern over a key issue. Imagine the Congressional office that receives calls and e-mails from hundreds of Vermonters! The Alert Network is activated only in serious circumstances, and is not used as a regular means of communication. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Diocesan Respect Life Alert Network, please call or write the Respect Life Office 802 658-6110,ext.1176. 



Let us help you promote a cul-ture of Life with our popular “Speakers Bureau”. Experts on a host of topics are available to talk to your parish group, reli-gious education class or committee on topics such as: (Click for more details)




We are a pro-life people! At the heart of our Catholicism is an abiding belief in the inher-ent worth and dignity of all human life! Whether you con-sider yourself a pro-life “activist” or a pro-life “quiet Catholic,” we are all a neces-sary part of building the Cul-ture of Life! This flyer offers ideas large and small that you can do to contribute to pro-moting a culture that respects and defends all life, especially the most vulnerable among us—the unborn, the disabled, the sick, and the elderly. 

“We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” 
-Pope Francis 
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