FIND HELP

"I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision...The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with he Father."
-Pope Francis

Are you seeking renewal and freedom after abortion?

For confidential help, referral to a priest, counselor or healing retreat and resources, contact us at:

(517) 993-0291 or (877) HOPE-4-ME or nlc@corlansing.org

To learn more about abortion's aftermath, read more stores, learn how to talk to those who have had an abortion, or for more additional post-abortion research, visit hopeafterabortion.com

 


OPPORTUNITIES

Forgiven & Set Free Classes
Be forgiven and set free from the wounds of abortion. We offer eight-week confidential recovery programs for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional and spiritual pain of an abortion. All materials are provided at no cost, and childcare is available.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreatsnlc
A Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat is an opportunity for any man, woman, couple, grandparent, or sibling who struggles with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion.  This powerful weekend allows the soul to speak its sorrow.  Participants enter the grieving process, identify effects the abortion had and release deep feelings of anger, shame and guilt that frequently accompany an abortion experience.  This unique retreat process is designed specifically to help retreatants feel the gentleness, mercy, compassion and unconditional love of Jesus as they walk through the journey to forgiveness.

Upcoming Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Dates
A Journey for Healing After Abortion

  • December 15-17, 2017 (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • February 16-18, 2018 (Lansing, MI)
  • July 13-15, 2018 (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • August 10-12, 2018 (Lansing, MI)

For more retreat locations around the country (and worldwide), please visit RachelsVineyard.org.


ABBY'S STORY

My personal journey of healing began after six long years of the most deafeningly silent pain. Six years of the heaviest regret. Just as profound as my deep need to turn back the clock was my triumphant return to who I once was, thanks solely to Project Rachel.

I remember during those dark years, I would wake up each morning, and for a few brief seconds, all was well. Then I would remember what I had done. The grief was all-consuming. But, like so many other women, I kept it locked inside. I had accepted my fate. I was unforgiveable. The enormity of what I had done actually made my steps heavier. Even my shoulders hung lower. I cried alone almost daily. For brief periods I could take my mind off of it. Sometimes I would even forget long enough to try and enjoy a comedy at the movies, but then mid-laughter I’d remember and my laughing would stop because, well, I didn’t deserve to laugh.

Growing up in a Catholic family that attended Mass every Sunday, I never expected that I, of all people, would be in this situation. I convinced myself that I had committed an unforgiveable act. I felt utterly alone. I desperately needed to connect with other women who were suffering as I was, and I longed to be the woman I used to be. And then one fateful Sunday morning during Mass, my husband handed me a church bulletin, pointing out the words on the back: “Project Rachel — a program for post-abortion healing through the archdiocese.” I couldn’t believe my eyes.

It took me several months to muster up the nerve to call. I had done a fine job of beating myself up for years and I certainly didn’t need the person on the other end of the phone to make me feel any worse. But, when I finally called, it was not like that at all. The voice on the other end was warm and full of hope for me. My journey of healing began on that day that I made that phone call.

Thanks to Project Rachel, I am me again. The retreat allowed me the opportunity to experience God’s love and forgiveness — something I had decided I was not worthy of. Little did I know that God was there, all along, offering me his love.

Project Rachel literally lit the path for me. From the moment I arrived at the retreat house, the warmth of God’s love engulfed me. Furthermore, I was able to connect with other women who knew the despair that I knew, and we were able to experience the joy of receiving the gifts of hope and healing together. I actually feel lighter. The power of forgiveness is life altering. I am happy again, and the people whom I love sense that. I will always regret my decision, and I will continue to carry my quiet secret with me. It has become a part of who I am, but it no longer defines who I am.

UPCOMING EVENTS

A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Weekends Available in the Lansing area.

Help is available if you are suffering from guilt, sadness, anger, nightmares, addiction, shame, abandonment, loss and anxiety and post-abortion stress. 

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats:

  • December 15-17, 2017 (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • February 16-18, 2018 (Lansing, MI)
  • July 13-15, 2018 (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • August 10-12, 2018 (Lansing, MI)

For more retreat locations around the country (and worldwide), please visit RachelsVineyard.org.

Rachel’s Vineyard weekends offer a unique sensory based treatment which integrates emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions. The Diocese of Lansing has recently formed its own local team, including women and men who have suffered the same loss. Please, this Christmas, give the gift of healing to those in your circle of friends and family who have had an abortion and are in pain. 

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