For Immediate Release Contact: Jerry Horn, 540-785-4733
Dr. Theresa Burke and her husband Kevin have announced that they have begun the process to make the Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Program, which they founded, a ministry of Priests for Life. The Burkes will continue to direct this special outreach to those who have been wounded by abortion.
The decision came about as a result of the long working relationship between Priests for Life and Rachel's Vineyard, and the desire of Rachel's Vineyard for assistance in keeping up with its phenomenal growth in the USA and abroad. Fr. Frank Pavone has assisted in the development and promotion of the retreat program, and many of the priests associated with Priests for Life have ministered to retreat participants. The fact that Priests for Life is also active internationally will assist Rachel's Vineyard in its continued worldwide growth.
"As we announce our new relationship with Priests for Life, the most common response we receive is "what a perfect marriage of missions!" We could not agree more. Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests For Life have the organizational gifts, expertise, and Spirit-led passion that make their dynamic organization a perfect match and blessing for the mission of Rachel’s Vineyard!," Kevin and Theresa said.
"The ministry of a priest is one of reconciliation, and healing after abortion has always been a key aspect of our work," Fr. Pavone explained. "Now, Rachel's Vineyard will become another way in which we can train more priests and carry out our women-centered ministry, along with our Solidarity with Women and Silent No More Awareness campaigns."
For more information: