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.