Project Rachel Spiritual Direction & Reconciliation

Project Rachel offers spiritual direction and the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of the healing process. If you would like to be put in contact with a priest in an area of your choosing for either spiritual direction or for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please call 314-792-7565 or emailing stlprojectrachel@archstl.org.

Spiritual Direction

Fr. William A. Barry, a Jesuit priest, writes: "Every human experience is, among other things, an experience of God. That is, every human experience has a religious dimension." (Review of Ignatian Spirituality (2005)). Spiritual direction is guidance offered to help identify and understand these experiences.

Spiritual direction is not the same as counseling or psychotherapy; spiritual direction is focused on one's actual experiences and relationship with God. It is about trying to understand how God is leading you to grow in holiness in the concrete circumstances of your life and how you are being called to respond. It is about receiving help and suggestions to help you see God at work more clearly in your life. While the ultimate spiritual director is the Holy Spirit, a human spiritual director serves as the vessel through which the Spirit works to help uncover and discover God at work in your life experiences. A spiritual director may be a priest, a religious sister or brother, or a lay person who has the gift of spiritual direction.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

ConfessionAn important part of the healing process involves restoring one's relationship with God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Through this sacrament we are able to obtain pardon for our sins and receive God's mercy and grace. 

Though all priests are able to hear Confessions, a number of priests have shared a special interest in counseling those who have experienced abortion in some way and thus have received additional training to best help those on a path toward hope and healing.  These priests have received special training on the grief, sadness, and the symptoms that those experience after abortion.

If it has been a while since you've been to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, click here for some tips and pointers to help you.

John Paul II

For other services offered by Project Rachel, click here.