About Us

History of Project Rachel Ministry


In 1984, Vicki Thorn founded Project Rachel in Milwaukee after she was inspired by a self-destructive friend who had given one child up for adoption and aborted another. The friend said, "I can live with the adoption; I can't live with the abortion."  As Thorn developed Project Rachel, she believed this post-abortion healing ministry needed to offer anonymity, have a strong spiritual element and include psychotherapeutic component. The name Project Rachel was inspired by Scripture: "Rachel mourns her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more" (Jeremiah 31:15).


 Today, Project Rachel works as a network composed of priests, deacons, sisters, pastoral associates, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, specially trained care-givers, lay personnel, and mental health professionals.  It operates in 150 dioceses in the United States.


  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.


In 1990 Vicki Thorn founded The National Office of Post-abortion Reconciliation and Healing (NOPRAH) as an oversight organization to coordinate Project Rachel and other post-abortion services.


 To find out what other dioceses offer Project Rachel Ministry, visit The National Project Rachel site at http://hopeafterabortion.com/