Project Rachel

Healing the Heart Wounded by Abortion

Project Rachel is the Catholic Church’s healing ministry to those who have been hurt by abortion. Its name comes from Scripture:

“In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning,
of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children,
she refuses to be consoled
because her children are no more.
Thus says the LORD:
Cease your cries of mourning,
wipe the tears from your eyes.
The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward…
There is hope for your future.”
–Jeremiah 31:15-17

Project Rachel operates as a network of priests, therapists, counselors, and spiritual directors, all trained to provide compassionate one-on-one spiritual and psychological care for those who are suffering because of an abortion. Project Rachel provides confidential and skilled help to each individual who comes to the ministry. In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Project Rachel programs include referrals to PATH (Post Abortion Treatment and Healing), a ministry that offers Rachel’s Vineyard Healing Retreat weekends and the SaveOne Healing after Abortion Bible study.

Founded in 1984 by Vicki Thorn in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Project Rachel programs can now be found in 140 Catholic dioceses in the United States, as well as in dioceses in other countries. Project Rachel is an outreach of the Catholic Church but is open to anyone who is struggling after an abortion loss. We offer hope and help to women and men; parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and others whose lives have been impacted by an abortion.

For confidential help in dealing with the aftermath of abortion:

Please contact PATH at (404) 717-5557, or en Español a (470) 258-3433

Helpful web sites:

Recommended reading:

  • Abortion & Healing by Michael T. Mannion
  • Forbidden Grief by Burke and Reardon

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