Project Rachel is a confidential program for healing the spiritual and emotional wounds of abortion. It is the special ministry of the Catholic Church to all who find themselves affected by the aftermath of abortion. Abortion touches every family in some way, and you may be suffering in the aftermath of your own or someone else’s abortion. Project Rachel of San Antonio offers retreats, support groups, individual ministry, and referral to clergy and counselors who understand your suffering and know how to help. We also offer literature and education programs about the social, medical, psychological and spiritual effects of abortion.
Is Project Rachel for you?
Project Rachel is for anyone impacted by abortion:
- Women who have had an abortion
- Men who are fathers of aborted children
- Grandparents, siblings, and other family members, even children of parents who have aborted
- Anyone who has encouraged or helped someone else obtain an abortion
- Anyone who feels responsible for an abortion by omission
- Friends affected by the abortion decision
- Anyone who has worked in the abortion industry
Abortion has many effects which are often not recognized by our society, and which you may not have linked to the unresolved grief and guilt of abortion. We are here to listen, to understand and to guide you through the healing process. You are not alone.
The Church understands.
“I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give into discouragement and do not lose hope. Try, rather, to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourself over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you His forgiveness and His peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost, and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child who is now living with the Lord. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.” Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, Paragraph 99