Archive for July, 2011

Announcing the Vote Pro-Life Coalition

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Priests for Life has once again launched the Vote Pro-Life Coalition, by which dozens of national pro-life organizations will work together to have an impact on the elections of 2012. The record number of pro-life laws which have been passed on the state level in the past year shows the impact that elections can have. Moreover, the makeup of the Supreme Court, and the fact that in the next few years it can shift either toward or away from pro-life positions, highlights the importance of federal elections.

All together, we must work to advance the Culture of Life in the voting booth. Let’s pray, be informed, register voters, distribute information about the candidates, show others the importance of pro-life voting, and get many others to the polls.

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Rachel’s Vineyard Establishes Medical Board

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

MALVERN, PA – The biannual training conference for the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, continued in Malvern, PA, Wednesday with the formal establishment of a Medical Advisory Board.

Rachel’s Vineyard utilizes the services of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other professionals in the mental health field throughout the world. They assist both on the retreats and in the development and analysis of the effectiveness of this treatment model.

The establishment of a special advisory board now formalizes what has been happening all along, but brings the added advantage of being able to present to the medical and therapeutic community a more structured method of communicating about the issues of trauma and healing after abortion.

Some of the initial members of the Advisory Board are shown in the accompanying photo along with Pastoral Director, Father Frank Pavone. They are, left to right, Cynthia Dillard, Ph.D. (clinical psychologist), Martha Schuping, M.D. (psychiatrist), and Karen B. Stevensen, M.D. (psychiatrist).

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.

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The Daughter of St. Gianna Molla recently visited Priests for Life

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

On her first trip to the United States, the youngest daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla visited the headquarters of Priests for Life in New York. St. Gianna died in 1962, just six days after giving birth to this daughter, Gianna Emanuela. St. Gianna, who was a physician, had a benign tumor, but insisted that the life of her child be preserved, even at the risk of losing her own. This act of self-sacrifice was the culmination of an entire life lived in the clear conviction that every human life is of unspeakable value, and is worth our sacrifice and protection. In her visit to Priests for Life, Gianna Emanuela thanked all pro-life activists for the work they do and invited them to take courage from the example of her saint mother.

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Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Strategize Together at Leadership Conference

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Malvern, PA – The second full day of the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference took place yesterday, with clergy and laity from around the world meeting for workshops that dealt with the psychological and spiritual aspects of post-abortion trauma and healing.

There was also a strong emphasis on Tuesday on the public relations aspect of post-abortion healing. Catholic media expert and broadcaster Teresa Tomeo led a number of sessions urging the post-abortion leaders to use the media to trumpet the Church’s invitation to repentance and healing, and to educate society about how harmful abortion is.

One of the ways this is done is through the testimonies of the men and women who have decided to be “Silent No More” about their experiences. Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Both leaders also presented at the Conference, which is being attended by Silent No More regional coordinators from around the world. The partnership between Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More is a natural one. Both are ministries of Priests for Life, and many who share their abortion testimony found their healing in Rachel’s Vineyard.

A new version of the official guidelines for Silent No More leaders was issued yesterday, and a more deliberate strategy of collaboration between Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard was reviewed.

Among the activities at the Conference today will be a special meeting of psychiatrists and other medical professionals who are experts in the work of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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What is Rachel’s Vineyard?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Rachel’s Vineyard is a retreat program for women and men who have lost a child by abortion. The retreat provides an opportunity to face the wounds of abortion in a safe, affirming environment of prayer and the support of others who have been through the same experience. Through the use of “Living Scriptures,” participants are invited to place themselves into the parables and other Scriptural events, and encounter Jesus Who heals them.

These retreats, of course, are not meant to substitute for the individual, ongoing counseling that comprises the journey of post-abortion healing, but they are a stepping stone towards making those sessions even more fruitful.

Rachel’s Vineyard is the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, and is a ministry of Priests for Life. Find out more about it at rachelsvineyard.org.

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Rachel’s Vineyard Releases New Retreat Manual as Record-setting Conference Begins

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Malvern, PA – Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director and Chairman of Rachel’s Vineyard, along with the founders of the ministry, Dr. Theresa and Kevin Burke, released the new version of the Catholic Retreat Manual yesterday to the 250 leaders present for the bi-annual Leadership Training Conference here. Bearing the Imprimatur of the Church, this manual is the official guide on how to conduct a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, and is updated periodically based on input from those who use it.

“We are pleased with the work that was done by so many people over the past year to make the new Catholic manual possible,” Father Pavone said. “As the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard is committed to carrying out its retreats in a way that reflects fidelity to Church teaching as well as the highest therapeutic standards of the mental health profession.

“We are blessed not only with an excellent advisory board of bishops, but with a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professional counselors who have been carrying out these retreats for many years.”

Workshops continue today, with participants from all over the world. A media training seminar, given by Catholic media expert Teresa Tomeo, will help participants today to utilize the media to spread the Church’s urgent invitation to healing and reconciliation after abortion.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Largest ever Rachel’s Vineyard conference opened yesterday in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

MALVERN, PA – “The Biblical Concept of Healing” was the topic of the keynote speech yesterday morning as the 2011 Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Retreat got underway at the Malvern Retreat Center. This year’s full-to-capacity retreat, with more than 250 participants attending from all over the world, is the largest ever.

“The Rachel’s Vineyard model for healing after abortion is highly regarded everywhere, including the Vatican,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and the morning’s keynote speaker. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life. Father Pavone noted that Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, co-founders of Rachel’s Vineyard, were invited to address the Pontifical Academy for Life this past February.

The Priests for Life pastoral team is attending the weeklong conference, which this year also offers special resources and workshops for regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Campaign co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will offer classes on public speaking, media and healing workshops. The campaign is for those who have been through post-abortion healing programs and have decided to speak out about their abortion experiences.

Among the highlights of the day’s gathering was a talk by Dr. Burke on “Understanding Repeat Abortions,” and a workshop led by Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana titled “Do Post-Abortion Healing and Pro-Life Activism Mix?”

Rachel’s Vineyard began in 1994 as a unique support group model for counselors treating women who were grieving the loss of their aborted children. Rachel’s Vineyard quickly became a grassroots national outreach. From 18 retreats in 1999, the ministry now offers 700 retreats annually, in 47 states and 25 countries, with many new sites in development.

Several Bishops have attended weekend retreats themselves. Attending this week’s leadership conference is Bishop David Choby of the Diocese of Nashville.

“With this year’s theme, Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope, we are sure all conference attendees will be inspired with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a culture of life,” Dr. Burke said.

Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has had high praise for Rachel’s Vineyard. “I cannot think of another work of this kind so well done. A most difficult and painful human problem is engaged with faith, psychological insight and trust.”

Visit www.rachelsvineyard.org to learn more about the ministry and to view the conference schedule.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Your Reward is Great in Heaven

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
So many pro-life leaders I know, including myself, have been falsely accused in public of advocating or even doing violence. Pregnancy centers, which compassionately serve parents and their babies every day, have been falsely accused of deceiving the public. Activists who try to change the laws have been falsely accused of opposing democracy.
The litany goes on and on, and proves that pro-life people are living this beatitude. They should rejoice, for their reward in heaven indeed is great. The children, who cannot know how much pro-life people love them, cannot repay them. They will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Friday, July 15th, 2011

There is no single thing that converts more people to the pro-life position than the photos of what abortion looks like. These photos can be seen at priestsforlife.org. Here is one of the many e-mails we receive from people who see the pictures:

“I was horrified by the gallery of photos of those tiny innocents – murdered, but I’m glad to have seen them. No one can truly form an opinion on abortion without seeing the horror. I had no idea the practice was so brutal. I wonder how many women would choose to have an abortion, once viewing those photos and having the various procedures described in detail.”

You can help to convert many people by challenging them to look at the photos. Go to www.priestsforlife.org.

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Rachel’s Vineyard 2011 Leadership Conference Draws Record Attendance

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The 2011 International Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Training Conference at the Malvern Retreat Center in Pennsylvania is slated for July 17-21. Rachel’s Vineyard has been offering such Leadership Conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland since 1999. This year’s world conference will be the largest to date with several hundred participants coming from throughout the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is currently growing or germinating in 35 countries and in 15 languages. It’s quite obvious that Rachel’s Vineyard is a dramatic movement of the Holy Spirit, which has inspired over 8,000 volunteers throughout the world.

Every year, the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference presents speakers who provide a wide range of interesting and helpful topics to assist Rachel’s Vineyard leaders from across the globe with new skills and strategies to engage in successful post-abortion ministry. This year, the speakers include the founders of Rachel’s Vineyard Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, MSS/LSW. We are honored to host the Most Reverend David Choby, Bishop of Nashville, TN and the Pastoral Director and chair of Rachel’s Vineyard, Fr. Frank Pavone. Other speakers include Monsignor Michael Magee, Msgr. Mike Mannion, Dr. Cynthia Dillard, Dr. Karen Stevenson, Eugenia Hadley among many other talented and experienced professionals and pastors.

The theme of this year’s conference is Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope. We are pleased to offer a special track for the regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign featuring co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. Teresa Tomeo will provide media training on the media influence on the culture of death. They will offer specific training for regional coordinators that will include classes on public speaking, media, healing workshops, and more! Another unique addition to the conference this year is an optional day trip to the Amish Country for a tour of a Jewish temple replica and a magnificent Theatre Production of “The Story of Joseph” at the Site and Sound Theater in Lancaster.

This year’s conference participants are coming from far and wide, representing many states and countries, including Australia, Canada, Uganda, Jamaica, and Singapore. This is the first year that RV has had to, regrettably, turn attendees away. With such a large and diverse group joining together next week, speakers and attendees will be sure to inspire each other with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a Culture of Life.

For more information on this topic, please contact Kathleen Corrigan or Amanda Miner at
(610)354-0555.

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