This is Kathy’s Story. She carried for 42 years a deep, dark secret packing down the shame, despair and guilt of a teenage abortion. All hope for her future had been extinguished, Kathy thought, after her mother took her through the doors of an abortion clinic.

This sense of hopelessness is portrayed in a scene from Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, when he passes through the gate of Hell, which bears an inscription ending with the famous phrase “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”, translated as “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

Listen to the story of Kathy’s transformative healing journey as she traveled through the doors of hope on a three-day intensive Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend.

Do you know someone who has abandoned all hope? Offer them the information they need to register for the next post-abortion recovery weekend in a safe, confidential, caring environment without condemnation or judgment.

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend: A Journey of Hope and Healing

August 11-13, 2017 

Register here:

It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.

The Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend offers a unique sensory-based treatment which integrates emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions. Under the umbrella of the Diocese of Lansing, we have formed our own local team of women and men who have suffered the same loss.  For confidential help, referral to a priest, pastor, counselor or information on healing retreats and resources, contact:

Cecilia Tombelli

Director of Project Rachel, Diocese of Lansing

517- 993-0291 (Lansing) 

888 – 456-HOPE (USA Helpline)


Eternal Father,
Source of all mercy and love,
out of love for us you sent your Son,
and willed that blood and water
flow from his side to cleanse us of sin
and restore lost innocence.

Hear the cry of each woman who mourns the loss of her child to abortion.Forgive her sin, restore her to your grace, and still the terror of her heart with a peace beyond all understanding. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of all tenderness and our Mother, strengthen her faith in you. Give her the consolation to believe that her child is now living in the Lord. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who conquered sin and death, and who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Text by Msgr. James Moroney.


Thank you for your support of this ministry.

God bless,

Cecilia Tombelli

Director of Project Rachel, Diocese of Lansing


Project Rachel, the Catholic Church’s ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals.