Respect Life

Promoting a Culture of Life

The Respect Life Ministry is concerned with promoting and cultivating a culture of life and witnessing to the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.

Rosary for Life

On the fourth Saturday of the month we gather at 11:30am to pray the rosary in the Cathedral. All are welcome. 

March for Life

In partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington, St. Matthew's hosts a special liturgy on or near January 22, the anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade,at which we welcome groups from across the country who participate in the March for Life along Constitution Avenue. We also host a series of Archdiocesan "Witness to Life" events.

Human Trafficking

Labor trafficking is a real problem in the Washington, DC area .It is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery. Learn more about Human Trafficking and how you can help.

HIV/AIDS Support

St. Matthew's ministry hosts a special liturgy for World AIDS Day (December 1), which includes Mass, candlelight vigil, and a reception.

Volunteering with the Respect Life Ministry

Volunteers interested in expanding this ministry in the areas of service, education and witness should contact Norma Canedo at or Justin Silvers at