Confidential healing and reconciliation for individuals suffering after abortion.
"Lord, you are kind and forgiving, most loving to all who call on you"
For many the experience of an abortion is devastating, causing severe and long-term emotional, psychological, and spiritual trauma. Abortion is often described by women and men as a traumatic loss; as a result, prolonged and unresolved grief and other post-traumatic problems can occur.
"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 shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not have yet healed. Certainly what happened remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope"
St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston offers a network of services to support the needs of those seeking healing. Our team includes trained clergy, mental health professionals and laypersons available to offer support. Healing support services include:
- Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreats
- Multi-week Support Groups
- Referrals for individual counseling and spiritual direction
"I came out feeling an overwhelming feeling of God's love. Reassurance of God's love and my child's happiness"
"A new light was shed for me. I couldn't have asked for a better retreat"
"The retreat was truly the beginning of my healing"
"Before the retreat I felt very nervous, unsure, scared of the unknown, but after, it opened my eyes up to seeing things differently...I felt...more hopeful"
All program locations and inquiries are strictly confidential.
For available healing programs, visit our Upcoming Events page. For more information or if you just want to talk contact Julie Fritsch at (713)741-8782.
For additional resources visit:
Also, check out this link on "How to talk to a friend who's had an abortion".