The Word Among Us

January 2014 Issue

Reach Out!

Do you know someone who is struggling in the aftermath of an abortion? These outreaches and resources can help.

Reach Out!: Do you know someone who is struggling in the aftermath of an abortion? These outreaches and resources can help.

Project Rachel Ministries features a network of priests and lay people trained to provide one-on-one counseling and spiritual care, referrals to health professionals, and other types of assistance. In the US, the outreach is now entirely under the guidance and direction of the country’s bishops.

In 2010, the US bishops’ conference assumed the trademark for Project Rachel from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where Vicki Thorn began the ministry in 1984. Though she is no longer in a leadership role with Project Rachel, Vicki Thorn continues her important work through the National Office for Post Abortion Reconciliation and Healing (see below).
888-456-HOPE (4673)

Rachel’s Vineyard specializes in weekend retreats “to renew, rebuild, and redeem hearts broken by abortion.” Established in the late 1980s by Theresa Burke and now an outreach of Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard holds hundreds of retreats every year throughout the United States and abroad. They are hosted by church-based ministries, counseling outreach programs, Project Rachel offices, Respect Life groups, and crisis-pregnancy centers and are offered “in both Catholic and interdenominational settings.”

The weekend retreats provide a “supportive, confidential, and non-judgmental environment” where participants can experience reconciliation with God, themselves, and their aborted children.
877-HOPE-4-ME (467-3463)

The National Office for Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing maintains a toll-free referral line for anyone in the United States seeking help. It also publishes a directory of support services and produces, maintains, and sells audio, video, and print materials.
1-800-5WE-CARE (593-2273)

After Abortion: God Offers Forgiveness, Healing, and Hope is a free booklet by Angela Burrin that offers seven Scripturally-based reflections to prompt personal, healing, heart-to-heart conversations with God. It’s available for download in English and Spanish.