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Office for Human Dignity

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The Office for Human Dignity serves as an umbrella agency integrating the diocesan efforts in the areas of Respect Life, Missions, and Justice and Peace.
“Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have Life, and may have it abundantly.’ In a very real sense, this scripture verse could serve as our vision in this ministry. Our purpose is to defend the Right to Life itself, and to secure for all peoples those things which bring meaning and abundance to this life. I speak here of the freedom to love and serve God, the right to the basic human needs of food, health care, education, and housing, the protection of the environment so that we have a beautiful place in which to live and breathe, and all of this in the context of a world enveloped in peace. All these things are necessary for us to realize the fullness of Human Dignity. This is what God's heart intends for us.”
Thomas L. Garlitz, Director