INTO LIFE: Love Changes Everything is a free online formation program that includes 12 videos, support materials, and pastoral resources. It is a collaborative effort between the Sisters of Life, the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, and CampCampo Films.
A new approach to pro-life ministry
Pro-life isn’t about labels. Pro-life is about people. So much of the conversation about abortion is dominated by misconceptions and political rhetoric. But what if we could take a step back and think about pro-life in a different way? This program invites participants into a new vision of pro-life ministry, one grounded not in slogans, but in authentic relationships, genuine dialogue, and intentional accompaniment. Rooted in the wisdom of the Sisters of Life, this series introduces participants to new ideas for building a culture of life and solidarity, offers the opportunity for prayer and reflection, and develops and refines skills for accompanying women through an unexpected pregnancy.
Meet the Sisters of Life
The Sisters of Life is a Catholic religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor. Consecrated completely to Jesus, the Lord of Life, they commit themselves to the protection of human life and to the promotion of new life in Christ, acknowledging the sacredness of every person, and sharing the good news of God’s abundant mercy. In this way, they seek to help reveal to each person their own innate goodness, the particular love God has for them, and the call to a life of abundant truth, joy, and hope. Immersed in Eucharistic prayer within a vibrant community life, their missions include caring for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn children, inviting those wounded by abortion into the healing mercy of Jesus, fostering a culture of life through evangelization, retreat works, spiritual accompaniment of college students, and upholding the beauty of marriage and family life.
What to Expect
This series is an adaptation of the Sisters of Life Co-Worker Training Day, hosted for lay co-workers. Participants in this course can expect to be introduced to the theological framework used by the Sisters of Life in their ministry to pregnant women, have the opportunity to pray and reflect on how a spirituality of life is manifest in their own lives, and discover what it truly means to walk with a woman through an unexpected pregnancy. The goals of the program are to cultivate and deepen a spirituality of life, to learn about the heart of the pregnant woman – her fears and her hopes – and to develop practical pastoral skills for effective listening and accompaniment.
Below is a full listing of video titles:
- Summoned to Life: Spiritual Foundations
- Seeing Reality: The Contemplative Outlook
- This is God’s Work: The Power of Prayer
- Vulnerability: An Identity Crisis
- Hope and Fear: Understanding the Heart of a Pregnant Woman
- Exodus from Fear: Accompanying Her to Life
- Rejoicing in Her: Our Disposition of Heart
- Maternity is Forever: Hope and Healing After Abortion
- Maternity is Forever: Adoption
- Listening a Person into Life: The Art of Being Present
- Listening a Person into Life: How to Listen Well
- Listening a Person into Life: Reflective Listening
How does the course work?
The INTO LIFE program consists of 12 videos, personal reflection questions, and group discussion questions. Although the program is designed to be completed in small in-person groups over the course of 12 weeks, it can be adapted to a wide variety of formats, including personal use at your own pace. Each session is divided into three parts: (1) viewing the video content, (2) personal reflection, (3) group discussion. Opening and closing prayers are also included. All session materials are included in the Facilitator Guide and Participant Guide.
Who is this program for?
INTO LIFE was developed for groups and individuals who want to learn how to accompany women through an unexpected pregnancy, who desire to reflect what it means to live a spirituality of life, who want to hone and refine their skills, or who simply want to discover a new and different way to engage pro-life issues, one that isn’t beholden to the political binary of left and right but is rooted in the heart of the Church. Whether you’re a veteran leader, brand new to the pro-life movement, or exploring what you think about abortion for the first time, this program provides the space to reflect on and discuss what an authentic witness to life can look like in your life.
Do I have to be Catholic?
If you’re not Catholic, welcome! We’re glad you’re here.
You do not have to be Catholic to participate in this program. However, please note that this series was designed by and features the Sisters of Life, a Catholic religious order, and elaborates themes in Catholic teaching, practice, and spirituality.
The Sisters of Life is a Catholic religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor. Rooted in Eucharistic prayer within a vibrant community life, their missions include caring for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn children, inviting those wounded by abortion into the healing mercy of Jesus, fostering a culture of life through evangelization, retreat works, spiritual accompaniment of college students, and upholding the beauty of marriage and family life. Contact the Sisters of Life
The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame bridges the Catholic intellectual life and the life of the Church, in order to form and empower faithful Catholic leaders for service to the Church and thereby the world. In collaboration with our ecclesial partners, we propose and enact a renewed vision of Church life through scholarship, pastoral expertise, and teaching to discern and address the needs of the Church. Contact the McGrath Institute
CampCampo Media Production is a full scale content creation, digital marketing, and media company that prides itself in the art of storytelling and influencing positive change. Founder Michael Campo has worked as a professional filmmaker since 2006 and founded CampCampo in 2016. Since then Michael has worked with a variety of production companies to create heartfelt, purpose driven films that have won numerous awards and accolades all over the globe.
The parish press kit includes materials such as posters, bulletin inserts, prayers of the faithful, video clips, and social media images that can all be used free of charge.