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Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart (cf. Rom 2:14-15) the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Upon the recognition of this right, every human community and the political community itself are founded.

In a special way, believers in Christ must defend and promote this right, aware as they are of the wonderful truth recalled by the Second Vatican Council: "By his incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being". This saving event reveals to humanity not only the boundless love of God who "so loved the world that he gave his only Son" (Jn 3:16), but also the incomparable value of every human person.

– Pope St. John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) no. 2

As Catholics, we are committed to building a culture of life.

God breathes beauty and life into every created being, and as His stewards, it is our responsibility to respect, love and protect the sanctity of His creation, from the sick and the aged to the healthy and the unborn.

Diocesan Resources

  • Abortion Healing

    The Rachel Ministries are Catholic and interdenominational post-abortion healing ministries. These confidential ministries are for all women and men – parents, grandparents, and relatives – who are seeking healing after an abortion. The focus of this ministry is to help heal the multi-layer wounds inflicted by abortion.

    It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.

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    Project Rachel

    Project Rachel is the Catholic Church’s ministry to those who have been involved in abortion. In addition to facilitating Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals.

    For more information and resources, please contact Patrick Tunnell at 912-201-4068 |  or see hopeafterabortion.com.

    Rachel’s Vineyard

    Rachel’s Vineyard is a retreat program for anyone struggling with the emotional, spiritual or psychological pain that frequently follows an abortion.

    The retreat is carried out in a confidential group setting over a weekend beginning Friday evening and concluding on Sunday afternoon. Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing.

    You, too, can come and experience the mercy and compassion of God and be restored.

    Confidential Contact: or 912-306-0406

  • Catholic Teaching on End-of-Life Decision Making

    LIFE IS SACRED

    Human life is sacred, from the first moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Life is a gift from a loving God, and we are stewards of that gift, called to respect and protect it. Euthanasia is an action or omission, which of itself or by intention causes death in order to eliminate suffering. It is therefore a rejection of God’s gift of life.

    LIFE IS ETERNAL

    For Catholics, death is not the end but the beginning, the beginning of eternal life with God the Father. Our faith assures us that we “look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come, Amen.”

    ORDINARY VS. EXTRAORDINARY TREATMENTS

    While it is never permissible to directly choose to bring about one’s death in order to relieve pain or suffering, the Catholic Church has never taught that the faithful are required to use all available means to sustain life. The Church teaches that we are obligated to provide – and to accept – ordinary means of sustaining life. Such treatments are those that offer a reasonable hope of benefit without excessive burdens. If a particular treatment entails significant burdens that are out of proportion to the expected benefits, it can be termed “extraordinary” and it is optional.

    BENEFITS VS. BURDENS

    There are many factors that must be considered when making this “burden/benefit” analysis, including the nature of the treatment, the cost, the prognosis, the side effects, the pain, as well as emotional consequences. Each judgment is unique, and is not a medical judgment, but a moral judgment. Each patient, or their proxy decision-maker, should pray for guidance and graces, seek counsel from their family and trusted spiritual adviser, and gather all pertinent information from the medical professionals.

    NUTRITION AND HYDRATION

    In principle, there is an obligation to provide patients with food and water, including medically assisted nutrition and hydration such as feeding tubes. At times, however, such tubes may be deemed excessively burdensome and of little or no benefit, such as when death is imminent and the body can no longer assimilate the food and water. When nutrition and hydration are withheld or removed for such reasons, death occurs as a result of the underlying condition, not through starvation or dehydration.

    PAIN MANAGEMENT

    Modern medical care has become increasingly skillful in the area of pain relief. Our Church teaches that patients should be kept free of pain as possible, so that they may die comfortably. This is part of our Christian obligation to be charitable and to love our neighbor. Even pain medications that may indirectly shorten a person’s life are morally permissible, as long as the intent is to alleviate pain and not to hasten death.

  • Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care

    This document is a modified version of the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care as originally provided by the state of Georgia. It was modified to conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding end-of-life care. The preparation of an Advance Directive for Health Care is a serious undertaking and should be completed after prayerful reflection and consultation with the following documents:

    Please contact the office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life if you have any questions regarding this form.

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  • Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers and Parishes with Active Pro-Life/Respect Life Ministries in the Diocese of Savannah

    Any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy can come to the Catholic Church and we will give you the support you need to carry your baby to term regardless of your age, religious belief, nationality, or marital status. We will not abandon you or your baby after delivery, but will continue to walk with you through any challenges you may face. If you have had or have been affected by an abortion, we also offer services to help you heal.

    We believe all life is sacred, and we want to support mothers, fathers, children, families, and the community.

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    Albany

    Alpha Pregnancy Center
    2129 Whispering Pines Rd., Albany 31707
    229-431-2343 | alphapregnancycenter.net

    + St. Teresa Catholic Church
    421 Edgewood Ln., Albany 31707
    229-439-2302 | stteresaschurch.org

    Americus

    Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center
    111 Habitat St. Bldg. C, Americus 31709
    229-928-2802 | www.americuspregnancy.org

    Augusta/Evans

    Augusta Care Pregnancy Center
    1298 1/2 Broad St., Augusta 30901
    706-724-3733 | www.augustacpc.org

    Pregnant Choices Medical Clinic
    4325 Washington Rd. Evans, GA 30809
    706-350-9042 | pregnantchoices.com

    + St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church
    1420 Monte Sano Ave., Augusta 30904-5360
    706-733-6627 | stmaryonthehill.org

    + Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
    720 Telfair St., Augusta 30903
    706-722-4944 | themostholytrinity.org

    Brunswick

    Care Net Pregnancy Ctr. of Coastal Georgia (Skylark)
    3548 Community Rd., Brunswick 31520
    912-267-1100 | helloskylark.com/locations

    Cairo

    The Pregnancy Center of Southeast Georgia
    930 Fourth St. SE, Cairo 39828
    229-397-0350 | www.the-pregnancy-center.com

    Columbus

    Seneca Choices for Life
    3900 Rosemont Dr., Columbus 31904
    706-992-6700 | senecacfl.life

    Sound Choices Pregnancy Center
    1316 Wynnton Ct., Columbus 31906
    706-322-5024 | soundchoicespc.org

    + Holy Family Catholic Church
    320 12th St., Columbus 31901
    706-323-6908 | www.holyfamilycolumbus.com

    + St. Anne Catholic Church
    2000 Kay Cir., Columbus 31907
    706-561-8678 | www.stannecsg.com

    Grovetown

    + St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church
    4921 Columbia Rd., Grovetown 30813
    706-863-4956 | st-teresa.com

    Hinesville

    + St. Stephen First Martyr Catholic Church
    399 Woodland Dr., Hinesville 31313
    912-876-4364 | ststephenshinesville.com

    Jesup

    Care Net Pregnancy Ctr. of Coastal Georgia (Skylark)
    212 South 1st St., Ste. 6, Jesup 31545
    912-588-0010 | helloskylark.com/locations

    Kathleen

    + St. Patrick Catholic Church
    2410 Georgia 127, Kathleen 31047
    478-987-4213 | www.stpatrickga.org

    Kingsland Care Net Pregnancy Ctr.of Coastal Georgia (Skylark)
    1891 Highway 40 E, Ste. 1107, Kingsland 31548
    912-729-8842 | helloskylark.com/locations

    Macon

    Caring Solutions of Central Georgia
    1044 Washington Ave., Ste. 104, Macon 31201
    478-755-1343 | www.friendsofcaringsolutions.com

    The Kolbe Center
    833 Walnut St., Macon 31201
    478-257-4425 | kolbecentermacon.org

    + Holy Spirit Catholic Church
    4074 Chambers Rd., Macon 31206
    478-788-6386 | www.holyspiritmacon.org

    + St. Joseph Catholic Church
    830 Poplar St., Macon 31201
    478-745-1631 | stjosephmacon.wordpress.com

    Pine Mountain

    + Christ the King Catholic Church
    6700 GA Hwy 354, Pine Mountain 31822
    706-663-0090 | www.christthekingpinemountain.org

    Pooler

    + Corpus Christi Catholic Church
    1745 Benton Blvd., Savannah 31407
    poolercatholics.com

    Richmond Hill

    + St. Anne Catholic Church
    10550 Ford Ave., Richmond Hill 31324
    912-756-3343 | www.stannerh.org

    Rincon

    Pregnancy Care Center of Rincon
    594 South Columbia Ave., Ste. 500, Rincon 31326
    912-826-1133 | pregnancycarecenterofrincon.com

    Savannah

    Coastal Pregnancy Center
    4700 Skidaway Rd., Savannah 31404
    912-721-2975 | www.coastalpregnancycenter.com

    Savannah Care Center
    105 East 34th St., Savannah 31401
    912-236-0916 | www.savannahcarecenter.org

    + Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
    222 East Harris St. , Savannah 31401
    912-233-4709 | savannahcathedral.org

    + Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
    1003 E. Victory Dr. , Savannah 31405
    912-356-6980 | www.mbschurch.org

    + Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
    1707 Bull St., Savannah 31401
    912-232-0792 | www.sacredheartsavannah.org

    + St. James the Less Catholic Church
    8412 Whitefield Ave., Savannah 31406
    912-355-1523 | www.stjamessav.com

    + St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
    7020 Concord Rd., Savannah 31410
    912-897-5156 | saintpetertheapostle.com

    Springfield

    + St. Boniface Catholic Church
    1952 Highway 21 South, Springfield 31329
    www.sbcatholic.com

    Statesboro

    Choices of the Heart
    425 E Grady St., Statesboro 30458
    912-317-3602 | www.choicesoftheheart.org

    Foundations Resource Center
    418 S. Main St., Statesboro 30458
    912-259-9596 | foundationsresourcecenter.org

    Thomasville

    The Pregnancy Center of Southeast Georgia
    320 N. Crawford St., Thomasville 31792
    229-226-0510 | www.the-pregnancy-center.com

    Tifton

    Pregnancy Care Center of Tiftarea
    209 East 4th St., Tifton 31794
    229-382-4491 | www.pcctift.com

    Tybee Island

    + St. Michael Catholic Church
    US 80 & 8th Street, Tybee Island 31328
    912-786-4505 | www.saintmichaelstybee.org

    Valdosta

    Birthright of Valdosta
    1205 Baytree Rd., Ste. 4, Valdosta 31602
    229-244-5433 | birthright.org/valdosta

    Options Now
    214 West Park Ave., Valdosta 31602
    229-506-5017 | optionsnow.org

    + St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
    800 Gornto Rd., Valdosta 31602
    229-244-2430 | www.stjohnevang.org

    Vidalia

    First Choice Georgia Pregnancy Center & Rachel’s House Pregnancy Center
    1804 Seminole Dr., Vidalia 40474
    912-538-0762 | firstchoicepregnancyclinic.com

    + Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    3119 North St. East, Vidalia 30474
    912-537-7709 | sacredheartvidalia.org

    Warner Robins

    + Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    300 South Davis Dr., Warner Robins 31088
    478-923-0124 | www.sacredheartwr.org

    Waycross

    + St. Joseph Catholic Church
    2011 Darling Ave., Waycross 31501
    912-283-7700 | www.stjosephwaycross.com

  • Social Service Outreach Centers

    Impelled by the love and teaching of Jesus Christ, we work in collaboration with parish communities and other organizations to serve the needy in South Georgia. Respecting the dignity and potential of each human person, we offer life-giving programs, advocate for the voiceless, and empower the poor and vulnerable to foster a more just society.

    Social Service Outreach Centers in the Diocese of Savannah

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