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Post-Abortion Healing – Project Rachel


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Project Rachel : Hope After Abortion – Philadelphia

For more information on post abortion healing please call 1-844-772-2435 or email

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia launched Project Rachel in October of 2016 in order to serve the men and women of the Archdiocese whose lives have been affected by abortion. Extending God’s compassion, unconditional love and forgiveness Project Rachel offers hope and peace.

Project Rachel, which was begun in the Diocese of Milwaukee in 1984 and is present in over 110 Dioceses throughout the country, is a post-abortion healing ministry that provides support to men and women affected by abortion through trained clergy, religious, counselors, and laypersons.  Project Rachel offers spiritual resources and training to those who desire to reach out to men and women who have been affected by abortion in their Parishes, schools, workplaces, and homes.

To contact Project Rachel in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, you can call toll-free 1-844-772-2435 or send an email or text to  Calls and emails are strictly confidential.  Resources and orientation are also available for clergy, religious, and mental health professionals in the Archdiocese.  If you are interested, please contact Estela at


Return to God in the Sacrament of Confession: HE IS LOVE AND MERCY

I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord.

Evangelium Vitae; 99

Project Rachel makes referrals to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for those women and men who have procured or assisted in procuring an abortion.  Confidential referrals to specially trained clergy in the Archdiocese for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the first step towards healing and reconciliation with God and His Church.

Evangelium Vitae; 25


Women who have had an abortion have a home in the Catholic Church. God will never abandon them.  The Church will never turn them away because the lives and destiny of each are intimately linked to every other believer in Jesus Christ, who shed His blood to bring all of us home to the joy of heaven. Evangelium Vitae; 25