Hope and Healing After Abortion


“Go, pick up the pieces lest they be lost.” (Jn 6:12) With these words, John Cardinal O’Connor directed the Sisters of Life to a ministry of reverence for women and men who suffer following the tragedy of abortion. Since 1996, we have heeded that call with the help of Theresa Bonopartis, our co-worker in Entering Canaan: A Sacramental Journey to an Inheritance of Mercy for those Suffering Abortion.

Many don’t realize that post-traumatic stress is the untold story of abortion. There are literally millions of women and men who, too often silently and alone, suffer some of the most serious psychological and spiritual consequences of contemporary society’s disregard for the sanctity of human life and the sacredness of human sexuality.

Taking its name from the Exodus experience of the Jewish people from slavery and debasement into the Promised Land, Entering Canaan accompanies those who have suffered abortion on a Sacramental journey into the true Promised Land of the Heart of Jesus. Fundamental to this mission is the belief that each person, no matter what they have done or how they feel, is to be cherished and loved as a unique reflection of God’s love.

Those who join this caravan of faith – hundreds thus far – find hope and confidence in the fact that regardless of how long their healing takes, regardless of the battles fought, won or lost, they have a community of people to whom they can turn in time of need, who will be there for them unconditionally, to help them on the way to true healing with patience and love.

Entering Canaan consists of:
• Beginning the Journey: Monthly Days of Prayer and Healing
• Fighting the Battles: Monthly Gatherings
• The Land of Milk and Honey: Hope and Healing Weekend Retreats
• Celebration: Special Gatherings

All retreats are led by Theresa Bonopartis and other women who have experienced both the suffering of abortion and the joy of healing in Christ; they are directed by faithful priests with a heart for those who suffer and are hosted by the Sisters of Life. They include witnesses of mercy, Scripture sharing, personal prayer and quiet time, opportunity for Sacramental Confession and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

UPCOMING RETREATS

Days of Prayer and Healing for Women

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Call for future dates and other events.

For more information or to register for a Day or Weekend of Prayer and Healing for Women, please call:
Sisters of Life at 866.575.0075 (Toll Free) or email the Sisters at hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org
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Theresa Bonapartis at 877.586.4621 (Toll Free) or email her at Lumina@postabortionhelp.org

Days of Prayer and Healing for Men

For more information or to register for men please call Lumina at 877.586.4621 (Toll Free) or email Lumina@postabortionhelp.org

All reservations are confidential.

For a brochure with more information about Entering Canaan, please click the image below: