Rachel's Vineyard to Become Ministry of Priests for Life
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
"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
"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."
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