What is Project Rachel?
Project Rachel is the initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
that was created in 1975, two years after abortion was declared legal in the USA. Project Rachel is the name given to diocesan or archdiocesan post-abortion healing ministry.
The name Project Rachel comes from the passage in Jeremiah 31:15, where Rachel cries for her children who are no longer with her. The Lord tells her to stop crying...that there is HOPE for the future.
In the Archdiocese of Miami, the Project Rachel program is called "Entering Canaan" and offers the following:
- Dedicated & confidential phone line (954-981-2984 or 888-456-4673) and email ProjectRachel@theadom.org answered by trained staff at Respect Life Administrative offices.
- Entering Canaan offers one day retreats called Days of Prayer & Healing, monthly gatherings, and Hope & Healing weekend retreats. These events are a wonderful opportunity to experience the love, mercy, and forgiveness of God in a safe, private, and confidential setting. The retreats are directed by a priest, trained volunteers, and mental health professionals who have a sensitivity and heart for those who have suffered an abortion experience. The retreats and monthly gatherings include testimony of mercy, scripture sharing, opportunity for sacramental confession, and Holy Mass.
- Referrals to professional counselors.
- Resources and brochures to provide awareness of post-abortion syndrome and steps to healing after pregnancy loss.