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Suffering is the untold story of abortion. Grief after abortion is normal — it is the grief of a mother who has lost a child in a traumatic way; it is the grief of lost fatherhood. We are here to help you experience the hope and healing of Christ through Project Rachel.

We are here to help you. Call (317) 452-0054 or e-mail projectrachel@archindy.org to begin your healing journey.

Opportunities for Healing
Beyond the Archdiocese

Words of Hope
What is Project Rachel?
Is Project Rachel for you?
Promotional Materials
General Resources

Project Rachel Ministry Minute

On September 1, 2015, Pope Francis issued a letter concerning the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In that letter he extended "to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who with a contrite heart seek forgiveness for it." It should be known that for many years, the Archbishops of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have extended that same faculty to priests in the Archdiocese. By extending this faculty to every priest throughout the world, Pope Francis is reminding us of the limitless power of God’s mercy and compassion. All who have suffered the pain of separation from the Church after committing the sin of abortion are invited to seek God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Opportunities for Healing

Project Rachel Retreat: March 31-April 1, 2017 and July 28-July 30, 2017

“There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” Henry Longfellow. The grief over an abortion experience is often so deep that it seems to be silent. Women and men may bear this burden for years thinking that there is no hope of forgiveness or peace. A Project Rachel Retreats will be held March 31-April 1, 2017, and July 28-July 30, 2017, in the greater Indianapolis area. This retreat is a safe place to renew and rebuild hearts broken from abortion. It offers a confidential environment where individuals can begin the process of healing. For more information and to register e-mail projectrachel@archindy.org or call (317) 452-0054.

Individual and Group Support

Healing Hidden Hurts, a Christ-centered, compassionate and free ministry to those who have been affected by abortion based in Indianapolis, offers a 10 step confidential individual post-abortion healing program on an as needed basis. Call (317)-490-1267 or click here to learn more.

Hearts Restored offers a 9 week small group a 9-week small support group study for women and a 12-week men’s support group study with men in Columbus, Greensburg, Nashville, North Vernon, and Seymour Counties. Click here to learn more.

Support outside of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Diocese of Evansville
Project Rachel / Catholic Charities
Contact at 812-423-5456
or by e-mail

Diocese of Fort Wayne/
South Bend Project Rachel
Contact Mary at 855-722-4354 or by e-mail

Diocese of Gary Project Rachel
Contact Kathy Druzbicki at 219-558-0625
or by e-mail

Diocese of Lafayette
Project Rachel-Emmanuel Ministry
Jennie at 765-477-7706
or by e-mail
Hispanic Contact: Elsa at 765-477-7695

Diocese of Cincinnati
Project Rachel
Contact 513-784-0531
or by e-mail
by web here

Diocese of Louisville
Project Rachel
Contact Michelle
at 502-471-2155 or by e-mail
by web here

Words of Hope

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. To the same Father and his mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child. - Saint Pope John Paul II

I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. - Pope Francis

What is Project Rachel?

Project Rachel, a compassionate and confidential ministry, extends God’s unconditional love and forgiveness to women and men who experience the tragedy of abortion.  By offering a safe place for those suffering to be reconciled with God and his Church, Project Rachel helps those suffering after abortion experience mercy, forgiveness, and peace. 

Is Project Rachel For You?

Project Rachel is for anyone affected by abortion:

  • Women who have had an abortion
  • Men whose significant others have had abortions
  • Parents, children, siblings, other family members and friends of those who have had an abortion
  • Anyone who has encouraged or helped someone else obtain an abortion
  • Anyone who has worked in the abortion industry

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling alienated from God
  • Feeling guilt or self-condemnation
  • Experiencing anxiety, trouble sleeping or nightmares
  • Feeling sad or depressed

What does Project Rachel Offer?

Weekend Retreats and Support Groups —Take time away from your everyday life to seek peace and healing at confidential retreats and groups led by a Project Rachel team.

Referrals to Priests—Receive guidance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a loving and confidential setting.

Licensed Professional Counselors—Receive a referral to someone who is sensitive to the needs of those hurting from a past abortion.

Contact Project Rachel today at (317) 452-0054 or projectrachel@archindy.org to share, request literature, or ask about our programs.  

Promotional and Educational Materials

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Parish staff and other individuals may request the above resources from Keri Carroll at 317-236-1521 or by e-mail.

The Project Rachel Ministry: A Post-Abortion Resource Manual for Priests and Project Rachel Leaders, available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, was developed by the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations and by the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This manual provides an overview of post-abortion suffering experienced by mothers, father, and others (grandparents, sibling, and extended family members) as well helpful suggestions for priests and others who help individuals experience healing after abortion.

General Resources on Post-Abortion Healing

Web-based healing resources

My Healing Choice (a course at your own pace)

Healing Study (Project Rachel in Kansas)

Web Resources and Information

Hope After Abortion The Unchoice Abortion Changes You
Abortion Recovery International Silent No More Ramah International
The Elliot Institute Lumina PATH
NOPRARH Men and Abortion Fatherhood Forever
Rachel's Vineyard Healing Hidden Hurts  

 

Books and Brochures

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No_One_Told_Me Forgiven_and_Set_Free

After Abortion: God Offers
Forgiveness, Healing & Hope
English    Spanish

No One Told Me I Could Cry
​by Connie Nikiel
Forgiven and Set Free
​by Linda Cohrane
Sorrow Her_Choice_To_Heal Men_and_Abortion
A Solitary Sorrow
by Terry & Paul Reisser
Her Choice to Heal
by Synda Masse
Men and Abortion:
Finding Healing, Restoring Hope
English
Healing_Father Hollow  
Healing a Father's Heart
by Linda Cochrane &
Kathy Jones
"The Hollow Men"
Male Grief and Trauma
Following Abortion
English    Spanish
 


 

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