Project Rachel Ministry

"Today, thanks to Project Rachel, I am a different person.  To experience the power of forgiveness is something that I cannot put into words.  I actually feel lighter. My shoulders are not hanging so low.  The power of forgiveness is life altering.  I will always regret my decision, and I will continue to carry my quiet secret with me. It has become a part of who I am, but it no longer defines who I am."

“Rachel mourns her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward. There is hope for your future.” Jeremiah 31:15-17


Project Rachel is a program that addresses post-abortion stress (PAS). The Catholic Church recognizes that women experience deep unresolved conflicts with abortion. For Catholics, the pain of abortion is intensified by a sense of alienation from both God and Church. The intent of this program is to respond to that estrangement by fostering reconciliation and spiritual healing.

The majority of women obtaining abortions are generally young – under age 25. In upstate NY the average woman seeking an abortion is white, between the ages of 20-24 with 12+ years of education. 93% of all abortions are because of social or “birth control” reasons. The other 7% are because of rape, incest, health of the baby, or health of the mother. NYS DOH statistics reveal that over half the women who have an abortion will have another. While this summary is the typical profile of the majority of women getting abortions, please know that women of any age can experience PAS. Fathers, grandparents, and medical personnel can also experience guilt and grief because of their involvement in an abortion.

For more information, call Project Rachel at (315) 424-3737. The phone is answered during regular business hours. Upon request, calls will be received outside of regular business hours. Collect calls will also be received.

Day of Hope and Healing for Women, September 19, 2015 - January 16, 2016 - April 9, 2016: are you experiencing guilt, sadness, or shame following an abortion experience? For information, please call 855-364-0076 or email

Click here to view event flyer. 

Click here for Common Questions & Answers about Project Rachel


Can I ever heal from an abortion? (link to article by The Institute of Psychological Sciences)


Project Rachel Ministry

The Diocese of Syracuse is proud to offer Project Rachel, a post abortion-healing ministry which recognizes that unresolved issues following abortions are both spiritual and psychological/emotional. To comprehensively and professionally address these needs, Project Rachel provides an integrated approach to healing, involving referrals to priests and licensed mental health professionals. Project Rachel Ministry in the Syracuse Diocese serves Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, Cortland, Broome and Chenango counties.

240 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Tel: (315) 424-3737
Fax: (315) 478-4619