Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest ministry devoted to healing after abortion, just returned from Washington State, where she led a training for clergy. Three dioceses were represented – Spokane and Yakima in Washington and a diocese in Nigeria.
A total of 66 people attended the training in Wenatchee, WA, including 24 clergymen, four deacons' wives and Sister Mary Rosanna Emenusiobi from Nigeria. She works full time in Nigeria’s largest pro-life, pro-family educational group, Family-Light of the Nation Foundation.
This training was the brainchild of Teresa Drollman, who helped organize 40 Days for Life and has been working to start a new Rachel’s Vineyard retreat site in Wenatchee. Chancellor Monsignor Robert Siller and Father Osmar Aguirre helped plan the conference along with the Rachel’s Vineyard team.
Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson was also instrumental in making the training happen. Bishop Tyson has initiated a program called Prepares, a nurturing response of the Catholic community to provide families the supportive services needed to help ensure healthy childhood development from pregnancy to age five. For more information click here: http://www.preparesforlife.org/.
“Father Peter Steele, ordained in May, told me this training was invaluable, and ten clergy want to be on the new teams in Washington state,” Dr. Burke said. “This was a valuable trip to help a new team that seeks to offer English and Spanish retreats. There is a very large population of immigrant workers in agriculture who live in Wenatchee and Planned Parenthood is very active in advertising abortion to them. It’s our goal to start a vibrant Latino ministry as well as the new English-speaking retreats.”
Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats for healing after abortion are presently being offered at 375 sites across the world and in over 70 countries, and the ministry continues to expand its outreach.” Some Rachel's Vineyard retreats are hosted by church-based ministries, counseling outreach programs, diocesan Respect Life offices, and crisis pregnancy centers.
It is offered in both Catholic and interdenominational settings. Some 33 Catholic dioceses in the United States officially host Rachel's Vineyard sites.
“People who come to Rachel’s Vineyard will meet people who care about them and the child or children lost to abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Rachel's Vineyard. “The retreats are led by those who know the way of healing, and are ready to welcome all into a journey that leads to mercy and peace.”
The ministry’s hotline number, for those in need of healing, is 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463).
Rachel's Vineyard, which enjoys the strong personal support of Pope Francis, is a ministry of Priests for Life. For more information on the ministry, go to www.rachelsvineyard.org.
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.