Project Rachel

Project Rachel Counseling

WomanCounseling is a huge help to many women trying to come to terms with their abortion experience. One-on-one counseling in a private, confidential setting provides a place to speak openly about your experiences in a safe environment. The process allows you to process the feelings you are experiencing to get "unstuck" from the cycle of emotions and come to a greater self-awareness. You can learn methods of healthy functioning and problem solving. Through counseling, many women have been able to reach a place where they are no longer haunted by past regrets and are able to live with hope for the future.

Project Rachel offers free, professional, confidential counseling to any woman wounded by an abortion experience, regardless of how long it has been.

Project Rachel counselors are specially-trained to help women deal with abortion experiences. They recognize and understand that abortion physically, emotionally, and spiritually violates women and often elicits intense feelings of hopelessness, fear, or loss of control..

Through generous donations, counseling through Project Rachel is available free of charge.

We encourage you to call 314-792-7565 or email to learn more or to meet with a Project Rachel counselor.

Click here for other healing opportunities available through Project Rachel.

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Post-Abortion Healing

The physical, emotional, and spiritual pain of abortion is undeniable. Because it is such a traumatic event, many who experience an abortion develop adverse psychological reactions, including possible guilt, anxiety, depression, reexperiencing the abortion, or substance abuse. 

Project Rachel and Project Joseph provide healing and hope to women and men wounded by abortion. Project Rachel and Project Joseph are for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Confidentiality is key to both  and your privacy will be respected. No one will be turned away due to cost.

Click below to learn more about Project Rachel or Project Joseph or to start your journey of hope, healing, and forgiveness today.

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Project Rachel for women.
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Project Joseph for men.


Project Rachel - Project Joseph Post-Abortion Training

The Respect Life Apostolate periodically hosts post-abortion training days and opporutunities for clergy and licensed counselors. None are currently scheduled. Contact the RLA at 314-792-7555 for more information. 

Post-Abortion Healing Resources

Healing from an abortion experience is multi-faceted and there are numerous resource available to help you heal. Below are some online resources that individuals have found useful:

Project Rachel & Project Joseph Training Day

Post-Abortive Healing Training for Clergy,
LifeLine Coalition Partners, and Professional Counselors

Thursday, April 14, 2016 ~ 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
Registration Is Now Closed

The Respect Life Aposolate is offering a training day for clergy, LifeLine Coalition partners, and professional counselors in post-abortive healing as part of the RLA's Project Rachel and Project Joseph programs. ImageThe goal of this training is to provide tools for clergy and counselors in assisting people who have been impacted by an abortion experience.

Training will be on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Event includes lunch and is free; registration, however, is required by April 1.

Presenters will include:

  • Dr. Susanne Harvath, Director of Psychological & Counseling Services and Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Fr. Tom Pastorius, Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Ms. Karen Nolkemper, Executive Director of Respect Life Apostolate
  • Mrs. Marisol Pfaff, Project Rachel Coordinator
  • Mr. Charles Raymond, Project Joseph Coordinator
  • Ms. Michaelene Fredenburg, Abortion Changes You


This training day has been approved for a total of 3.5 contact hours and 0.35 Continuing Education Units through Mizzou's School of Social Work. To obtain CEU, please bring $10 on the day of the event.


Registration is now closed.

Registration accepted three ways:

  • Complete and submit this online registration form.
  • Call the Respect Life Apostolate at 314.792.7555
  • Download this registration form and mail the completed form to the Respect Life Apostolate at 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119


To learn more about post-abortion healing offerings through Project Rachel or Project Joseph, click here.

Statement Regarding Pope Francis’ Abortion Announcement

September 2, 2015
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

The priests of the Archdiocese of St.  Louis have had the faculty not only to absolve the sin of abortion, but also to remove any other obstacles such as an ecclesiastical censure so that an individual may be fully reconciled to God and to the Church.  The priests of the archdiocese have had this faculty granted to them by the archbishop for decades. While the teachings of the Church are consistent, some priests' faculties may be different in other parts of the world. The pope's recent comments extending priests’ authority for the upcoming Year of Mercy is meant to facilitate more accessible reconciliation, healing and mercy throughout the universal Church.

Women who have received valid absolution for the grave sin of abortion in the archdiocese should be assured of the mercy previously extended to them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The archdiocese offers spiritual support and counseling through the services of the Project Rachel and Project Joseph ministries. Anyone wounded by abortion is invited to call upon God’s mercy and forgiveness by contacting Project Rachel/Joseph at (314) 792-7565.


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