"Today I am still healing, I still cry, but I can honestly say I love life ... Abortion not only took my baby's life, but it almost took mine. I am thankful for the Church and Her ministry, for teaching me to love myself, and to live for God." ~ Molly

Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Ministry

“I felt I’d committed the unforgivable sin.”

So many women with abortion in their past have said things like this. They may often feel deep shame, regret, loss, or despair.  The good news is that hope and healing is available to all who have suffered from abortion.[singlepic id=54 w=230 h=230 float=right]

Project Rachel is the Catholic Church’s diocesan-based ministry to those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. The nationwide ministry helps mothers, fathers, family members, friends, and people of faith or no faith who seek compassionate, non-judgmental help. Priests, religious, counselors, and laypeople provide a team response of care that can help to heal those wounded by abortion.

Abortion’s impact is extensive and the need for help is great. About 35 million women have lost one or more children to abortion. In addition, a roughly equal number of men have fathered a child who was then aborted. The grandparents of the deceased child or other family members or friends are often involved.

As pro-life people, we should be aware that we will almost always be near those who have been involved in abortion. By listening to the stories of those wounded by abortion and expressing sorrow for their loss, we can witness to their child’s life and affirm their right to grieve. We should take special care to use words of love and mercy, rather than judgment and condemnation. And we should always be ready to mention the help that is available.

Project Rachel Ministry offers help for all who seek God’s mercy, healing and love. If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, please contact our Project Rachel Referral Line at 1-888-456-HOPE or 419-583-6817 or email clapinski@toledodiocese.org.  To learn more about Project Rachel, please visit www.HopeAfterAbortion.org or EsperanzaPosaborto.org.

Project Rachel also offers help for those who supported or participated in an abortion in any way and are suffering as a result.  Please see below for information on AbortionShockwaves.org for how you too can find hope and healing.

Testimonies of Hope and Healing

TOLEDO, OH—Join us as we pray and seek God’s grace that we will save more lives than ever during our ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign! The campaign runs in Northwest Ohio through Sunday, November 3, 2019.  Read more

Project Rachel

TOLEDO, OH—Learn how to reach out to women who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy. Join us from 6 – 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 8, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, St. Dominic Room, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo, OH.  Read more

Men suffer from abortion too! If you are carrying the pain and sorrow of losing a child to abortion(s), you are not alone. Find support from other men who are suffering during our “Entering Canaan Men’s Day of Prayer and Healing,” on Saturday, April 27.  Read more

Entering Caanan Retreat

An Entering Caanan Retreat will be offered on September 26, 2015 to help anyone who has experienced grief, anxiety, depression or guilt after an abortion to find healing and peace.  The event is open those who have had an abortion recently or in the past.  The retreat will include Scripture reflection, prayer and an opportunity to connect with a support system.  The cost is $25 and includes lunch.  Scholarships are available, and pre-registration is required.

To register for the retreat or for more information about Project Rachel, please call 1-888-456-HOPE or 419-583-6817 or email Project Rachel Coordinator Clarissa Lapinski at or clapinski@toledodiocese.org.

Shockwaves…The Widespread Fallout from Abortion

You may be a father, mother, grandparent, sibling or even an ultrasound tech. You may have driven a friend to her abortion or said she was doing the right thing.  Maybe you are a health care professional, counselor, teacher or minister who was part of an abortion decision or procedure. AbortionShockwaves.org will help you learn you are not alone in suffering from participating in an abortion.  To speak with someone locally for help, please call 1-888-456-HOPE or 419-583-681.7


If you feel called to serve in this ministry of love and mercy, please contact Project Rachel Coordinator Clarissa Lapinski at 419-583-6817 or email her at clapinski@toledodiocese.org.

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Catholic Charities makes real the love God has for each individual regardless of faith or background, by serving the poor, speaking for and assisting the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.

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