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As year 2018 moves quickly along, Domenico and I (Monika), along with our collaborators,
send you Summer greetings filled with gratitude for your partnership in
the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission, on which we update you below.
We offer a special welcome to those in the Knights of Columbus and those in the Italo-American
community who may just be finding out about the Italy
Mission. Or perhaps you recently heard a Missions talk about our ministry. If the pioneering work you read about here stirs your
interest and strikes you as "good news", we'd love to hear from you!
June 2017, Rome
Italy Mission leaders Monika and Domenico with priest Fr. Rito (blue shirt) and former participants,
The year 2018 has been marked by unusual rhytms due to the loss of one of the
Italy Mission's greatest fan, Monika's father Ray, whom we honor here
with a photo and with the prayer from his Memorial card:
Ray Wilbur Rodman
15 April 1932 - 18 May 2018
May the Lord support us all the day long,
till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then in His Mercy may He give us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest and peace at the last.
- Cardinal John Henry Newman
Year 2017 Italy Mission Summary
The year 2017 marked our 7th anniversary, yet
sense our work has barely begun, as Italy's religious and secular
cultures seem to just be awakening to the reality of
after-abortion hurt, the need for healing and the real
possibility of experiencing it.
Our Fall 2017 retreat was held on Thanksgiving weekend. While Italy has no such festivity, Gratitude
is in fact one of the principal
sentiments that our participants (both women and men) express for the
companionship, community and concrete assistance they find in
the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission,
as they embark on or continue their journey toward healing after
One highlight of this last retreat was personal participation by a psychotherapist
priests, including the past director of the Italian Bishops Conference
Family Life Office. He has known us since before we began this
work and to this day he remains one of the very few clergy to write
publically on the need
for post-abortion pastoral care. His encouragement of
Domenico and me 8 years ago spurred us on to pioneer this work. Now
his heartfelt personal participation in
a retreat was not only both a gift to team and retreatants, but may well open up to closer collaboration and some new initiatives in
Our team member from that area (herself a former participant after a
late-term abortion following a poor prenatal diagnosis) is presently
completing a 3-year counseling degree and is working to help us pilot in 2018 the Weekly Support Group version of the Rachel's Vineyard healing process,
which I led in the San Francisco Bay Area for years and which remains a
wonderful alternative for those who can't get away for a 3-day weekend
experience. This expanded curriculum is currently my priority translation project.
Year 2017 was about much more than just healing retreats, though!
Babies have been born to former participant couples, and one
of our team members and her husband are currently working torward
adopting a child.
Summer was a time of particularly intense activity, not only with a full
July retreat, but with our first-ever participation in 2 marvelous
In June we gave a
workshop with a married couple (past retreat participants who shared their testimony) at the
annual conference of the "Mistero Grande" marriage ministry, and also offered for 3 days a much-visited info table.
name of this ministry is taken from St. Paul (Ephesians 5:32), who
calls Christian marriage a "great mystery", referring to it as
an ongoing incarnation of the love relationship between Christ and his
Church, a relationship called to reflect that love and make it present in the
pioneering marriage preparation and enrichment program
is an Italian
inculturation of an Anglican initiative started in Britain. It has
ecumenical ties, which are a unique blessing for Italy! One of
our clergy collaborators (pictured below) is also active with this
ministry and with Retrouvaille (an international program for marriages in crisis).
a married couple, after our workshop given at the June 2017
Marriage Preparation and Enrichment National Conference
A couple attending the workshop that day, thanks to their priest's
participated in our July retreat after a late-term
and our November retreat included another married couple who learned of us through the same conference.
Italy Mission founder and director Monika Rodman Montanaro with our Franciscan collaborator, fra Daniele
"We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart,
and to bring home those who have lost their way."
- St. Francis of Assisi
In September, thanks to another clergy collaborator (a Franciscan friar in
Bologna pictured above) and the Poor Clare sisters in Bologna's city center, together with over 15 past participants
who came from all over Italy we did a 3-day outreach at the huge Franciscan
Festival in Bologna's Center Square, Piazza Maggiore. For
this event we developed new materials to reach the
many attendees in this, Italy's most prominent university city (think
Berkeley back in the 70's combined with today's organic, slow-food culture). The ethos there remains strongly anti-clerical, and while many
reject "the Church" in favor of a hyper-secular social-welfare State, almost all love St. Francis as a symbol of a
sort of Christianity.
Our exhibit (twice this size on a highly visible corner) offered not only printed materials
but also a chance to be cared for with a drop of handcream or a spray of rosewater.
Our team of ambassadors (all former participants) often ended up speaking at length with passers-by,
who on numerous occasions were stunned that our volunteers had been through the abortion experience themselves
and were now willing to talk about it in such a way that might bring hope to others.
Monika and Domenico with past-participant ambassadors at Bologna's Franciscan Festival
(individuals, 2 married couples and a father-daughter team)
Aerial view of Bologna, Italy
2017: New friends and a special farewell!
Monika and Domenico meet the Poor Clares at their convent in Bologna's city center before the July retreat
The sisters (here only 3 of the community's 8 women) are cloistered but by no means cut off from the world!
They helped sponsor our outreach at the September 2017 Franciscan Festival.
Mons. John Cihak is a priest from the Archdiocese of
who worked in Rome for over 8 years and returned Stateside at Christmas.
His extensive experience in post-abortion pastoral care
included participation in numerous Rachel's Vineyard retreats in Oregon.
annually invited to join him
in speaking to Italian and international clergy
doing ongoing formation in family life ministry.
Thank you, Father John,
for your tremendous encouragement and support of our pioneering work here in Italy!
We will miss you greatly and wish you every grace and blessing as you return to serve in Oregon!
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Other 2017 Italy Mission activities
The month of May marked our 3rd annual mission trip to Rome for a day
of outreach at Italy's March for Life. The day was well worth the effort!
Several religious sisters (two of whom have also participated in our
retreat) joined past participants (single and married) in distributing materials
before, during and after the walk.
Rome, May 2017
The past participant in this photo that day told Domenico of physical healings
which she attributes to the inner healing experienced through Rachel's Vineyard.
Such stories are not uncommon.
One of the 2 religious sisters in the above photo is a psychologist and hopes to begin collaborating with us in 2018.
The former participant in the above photo said that in the year since the retreat, her
personal physician, whom she used to visit frequently with various
problems, had run into her and joked she must have changed doctors
because he'd not seen her for so long! Such can be the remarkable effect
of resolving old hurts such as abortion wounds, and we
rejoice to hear such stories! Having finally made peace with God, herself, and her never-born child, this former participant now radiates joy and
tranquillity and is continuing with diligence the spiritual path
on which she's embarked. She has also helped a couple of other ladies participate by offering financial aid for program fees.
March 2017 Rome seminar "The Experience of Abortion"
Italy Mission founder and director Monika Rodman Montanaro with 2 collaborators.
Several former participants of our program attended this public event and spoke of their experience.
In March 2017 a former retreat participant and one of our collaborating psychologists joined Monika for a public event sponsored by Rome's John Paul II Institute for
Marriage and Family.
Under a newly appointed president, the Institute is currently in
transition, so the event represented an opportunity to continue
cultivating our 5-year relationship with this graduate school that
trains clergy and laity from Italy and other countries.
Ever wonder why??
You may notice we post very few photos
of our team members and participants.
We'd love to publish more, but we are extremely respectful of people's privacy and only publish photos if all subjects have agreed for
their image to appear on the internet. Many - even some of our most
dedicated team members- understandably prefer to retain their anonymity.
While some past participants feel called to later speak publicly of their abortion experience and healing,
we never push such a move, but encourage prudent discernment of any such decision.
In February 2017 Monika was in California helping
her father with medical treatments and took advantage of the
opportunity to join Rachel's Vineyard foundress Dr. Theresa Burke,
who came from Philadelphia to give two talks at the Los Angeles
Religious Education Congress. The three days spent together offered a
long overdue chance to share experiences and exchange ideas.
In the summer of 2017 Monika was blessed to be invited for a missionary speaking engagement in San Diego (her birthplace). The reflection given at homily time at all 6 English and Spanish Masses also
became an occasion to promote the diocese's own long-active
post-abortion healing ministry, and several women stayed after services
or returned in the evening to speak about their own need to reconcile
"Thank you" to the Diocese of San Diego Missions office
for allowing the work of the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission to be shared in 2016, 2017 and 2018!
Diocesan Missions Coop
Monika with fellow missioners and staff at San Diego's diocesan Missions Office, under the
leadership of Fr. Joe Miller, SVD
What Pope Francis has said of "mission" work is certainly truly of the Italy Mission:
"Mission is never the fruit of a perfectly planned program or a well-organized manual.
Mission is always the fruit of a life which knows what it is to be found and healed, encountered and forgiven.
Mission is born of a constant experience of God's merciful anointing..."
- Pope Francis, 23 Sep 2015 Homily at the Canonization of Junipero Serra, father of the California missions
In the words of those we serve:
"The whole experience, while in some ways extremely difficult,
was unforgettably beautiful and went far above and beyond my expectations."
- A 2017 retreat participant
like to take part in your retreat to better be able to help the many
women who confess this sin, this wound, this problem. With the Pope's
authorization many people are deciding to confess it - here at our
church (NB: a Marian pilgrimage site in N. Italy) we are seeing greatly
increased numbers, including penitents who aborted 50 years ago and
those who'd never confessed this before. I realize confession alone
isn't sufficient, though. And I feel I don't know how to really help
them because I see they need something more, something deeper that I
can't offer them."
- An Italian priest in his 50's
Our Dominican priest collaborator Fr. Cristiano is from Brasil but has served in Italy for over 25 years.
Despite having been transferred from Bologna, he continues his work with us.
Please read of one of the fruits of Fr. Cristiano's work:
Fr. Cristiano serves at Milan's famous church, the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It's most well known for being the home of Leonardo DaVinci's painting, The Last Supper,
so many people think of this church as a tourist destination, but it's
also a vibrant Christian community in an affluent Milan neighborhood (Domenico tells me the corporate offices of Fendi handbags face the basilica!).
Stumbling into a confessional at this very church in the summer of 2016, Elena met Fr. Cristiano and discovered the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission. At age 53, but still mother to a young child, she was at the end
of her rope trying to deal with a decades-delayed reaction to the
an abortion undergone at age 16 plus the realization that
clinic (in Spain) that had more than once used donated eggs to
produce her 5
year-old daughter had also discarded multiple embryos. A breast
cancer diagnosis and 2 years of treatment had lead her to reflect on
all this in a new light.
Elena hadn't practiced the faith since her teen years. Her
husband of 10 years was nearing the end of his patience with her
emotional outbursts and psychological fragility, so Elena's only hope
was to return to her psychotherapist (which we certainly didn't
"I entered Father Cristiano's church totally at the end
of my rope. I was a wreck and I thought they were going to take my
daughter from me. My husband didn't know how to help me - he
was losing his patience for my yelling and other erratic
behaviors. We were both exhausted and didn't know where to turn."
Fr. Cristiano spoke at length with Elena and told her about Rachel's
Vineyard. She called us immediately and I had several lengthy
phone conversations with her during the summer. Another post-abortive
team member, who's also dealt with infertility, companioned her, as well.
One month after participating in the November 3-day retreat with her husband, Elena wrote:
"The days in Bologna were a marvelous grace that has given me a new way of looking at my entire life.
If the Lord has taken me by the hand and brought me to to point of
being able to meet all of you, it means that maybe I deserve another
chance and I want with all my heart to seize it.
Alfredo and I feel very close and it seems to me we're finally looking in a common direction.
It's so beautiful to go to Mass on Sunday with our daughter, who, we've discovered, goes there with joy!
She also asks us to pray with her before bedtime..."
Early in 2017 the couple
participated in the 4th day of their retreat and continued to reap
the blessings of hope restored. Then Elena's husband was transferred to
work in North Africa and the entire family made the move. Elena remains in contact with other
women from her retreat and the family continues their practice of the
Christian faith. Her husband sent a gift to help us with
our Fall 2017 outreach at Bologna's Franciscan Festival. His brief message? "We will always be grateful to you!"
It's been your prayers
financial support, together with the remarkable commitment by our Italy
retreat team (priests and past-participants) that have allowed us to reach those like Elena.
Your gift during 2018 will help us not only help individual women,
Seven years after launching this Mission, we remain Italy's first
and only Christian
post-abortion healing ministry approved by the Catholic Church. While we operate with the blessing of one of Italy's most important dioceses (that of Bologna), no
Italian diocese, religious community, pro-life or other
organization has yet stepped up to sponsor this Mission. We are still a
seed planted in a field of vast need, yet we are
resolved to help this seed continue to grow, with your prayers and
but offer marriage-saving help to families like Elena's!
The Year 2018 Response Form details how to make a tax-deductible Gift to the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission, to be sent by check to my father, who will forward all gifts to Colorado.
Those who wish to make a credit card donation (and our few English-speaking friends here in Europe) may instead make a (non-tax-deductible) donation to the Italy Mission by PayPal. Such a gift will be deposited in Euros directly into our Italian account dedicated exclusively to this apostolate.
In short, we hope that in the Year 2018 you will renew - or begin - your
Vineyard Italy Mission!
To make a donation to the
Vineyard Italy Mission, simply click on the Response Form .
Or to Donate by credit
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(NOTE: Transaction will be executed in Euros and is not
These words, by now well
known in American Church and pro-life circles, remain
largely unknown here in Italy, even among clergy.
So much so that we continue to distribute a lovely postcard designed
posting on bulletin boards
at parishes and hospital chapels.
Reaching "Rachel" in
Italy: The Cultural Context
PRAYER for the Italy Mission
Please share with friends and family!
NOTE: While Facebook
shares are appreciated, all communications to Italy Mission
director Monika Rodman Montanaro should be sent via email to:
Highlights from the Italy Mission Archives:
Our current team includes at least 12 members
serving in various capacities before, during and after 3-day retreats.
7 Things We've Learned these
first 7 Years:
1) As our faithful
Dominican priest collaborator Fr. Cristiano often marvels, "the method works!"
It's not just the American-style self-help program many Italians
imagined when we began our activities in 2010, but an internationally
tested instrument for helping deeply wounded souls - women, men and
couples together - open up to the truth of their own life story and the
grace of God's saving power within that story. A
particular strength of this "method" is the intense collaboration of
former particpants (now leaders) from various regions of Italy, who
exercise a critical, complementary role alongside Domenico and me, our
priests and team psychologist.
2) The Holy Spirit is working
powerfully through the internet!
At least 80% of our inquiries come directly from that source. We marvel
at the deep degree to which many women and men open up in email correspondence
and phone appointments. Our team members are always ready to talk
express desire for a contact in his or her area or with a particular
experience. (One of our team members is available particularly for
those who've been through late-term "therapeutic" abortion as she has.)
This is essentially a
new, itinerant model of pastoral care, which makes multiple
offices unnecessary and
yet allows us to quite closely companion individuals all over Italy in
the months before and after retreat participation. Help is
over time even to those who haven't yet committed to a retreat.
with its central location, remains in many ways an ideal hub for us.
The women and men who
travel from near or far to make
a Rachel's Vineyard retreat in Bologna experience the
involved in that journey as a true
"pilgrimage", which is already a strong element of
Recently deceased bishop Cardinal Carlo Caffarra more than once
appreciation of Rachel's
Vineyard, noting in a meeting with
his Clergy Council our
apostolate's activities as one of the highlights of his years as bishop
We are working to earn similar trust, as
well as the
beginnings of some local financial support, as we cultivate a
relationship with the new bishop.
4) The Rachel's
Vineyard model of post-abortion care is particularly well-suited to a
country like Italy, where the Church has not yet found a voice to
a reconciling invitation to Her many sons and daughters who've
participated in abortion. After 35 years of
legal abortion (which the Italian populace voted for by referendum),
there are still no diocesan post-abortion pastoral programs such as
in the United States and elsewhere. Furthermore, in the States
almost all clergy have long had
the faculties to deal with the canon law aspects
of abortion during a normal confession. In Italy the matter is
treated and generally until 2016 remained reserved to the Bishop and his
in the cathedral), to the clergy in Rome, as well as the mendicant
Dominicans, etc). Some of our participants have literally rung the
doorbell at the Bishop's
office, or have had their parish priest tell them to come back in a
week or at the end of the month to receive absolution. Others have been
in confession with the words, "You're very fortunate to have come to
me.... this is an extremely grave sin and not all priests can absolve
such a context, our patient listening over weeks and months, with an
invitation to be fully reconciled through a program that carries the
universal Church's blessing, is truly "GOOD NEWS"!
5) While some naysayers continue to
assert that "the family" and "the confessional" remain the only
appropriate places to reveal an abortion experience, those
who request our assistance often say they are unable to reveal
their true struggles in
the family (or their effort to do so hasn't
been fruitful), and that even multiple confessions haven't yielded the
deeply felt sense of forgiveness and reconciliation they need. This is often the case even after psychotherapy. Our
team's support, sometimes including local clergy or psychotherapist
referrals and ideally culminating in the 3-day retreat experience,
fills that gap.
6) One element of our work remains particularly challenging: the difficulty in finding mental health professionals to volunteer with
our team on the 3-day retreats. The mutual alienation and prejudices
(sometimes downright hostility) between "faith" and "psychology" are
much stronger in Italy than what I encountered in the U.S. In
Italian socialism has thwarted the development of a vigorous spirit of
unpaid volunteerism like that which is still strong in the States. Here
we struggle to find collaborating psychologists. We rejoice that
our first psychologist has returned to service after a "1st year of
marriage" sabbatical (she says she missed her work with us!), and we
are glad to be discussing collaboration with 2 other Catholic
psychologists. Please pray for this ongoing need!
7) There is NO substitute for the precious personalized
"companioning" (Pope Francis and the Italian Church would say
"accompaniment") that our team members who are former participants can give to those newly arrived in Rachel's Vineyard. We thank God every day for our team and for you who pray for and support this apostolate!
out the YouTube
channel we pioneered in 2014 and continue to build!
It now includes 25 videos including Italy's first-ever testimonies
of abortion hurt and healing, together with videos (ranging in length
from 1 to 30 minutes) by clergy
and psychotherapists who explain the abortion wound, invite those
affected to reach out for help, and encourage steps toward recovery and
Testimonies by our past participants
given at the 2015 Marcia per la vita in Rome - a first for Italy!!
Spring 2014 Mission Update: Reaching out
to ecclesial and pro-life leaders (Easter 2014)
Thanksgiving 2013 Mission update: Meet our team!
Spring 2013 Mission Update:
Francis and Mission in the 21st Century (Pentecost 2013)
Photo by lapresse.it
Reading to dive deeper:
Europe's Down Syndrome "Thought Police"
In recent years we've had increasing requests for help from women and couples who
aborted a child with health problems, most often Down Syndrome. It's
truly "open season" on these children, ironically in a time when
"disability rights" are gaining visibility everywhere but in the womb.
This news report shows how far Europe will go to censor any message
that might touch on the post-abortion trauma many of these moms and
dads carry inside.
Choosing forgiveness, even when it comes to abortion
A mother recalls being a senior in college, pregnant and tempted to abort her now 8 year-old child. Written in light of Pope Francis' permanent expansion of priestly faculties to lift any abortion excommunication
My burden lifted forever
Released in Advent 2015, this post-abortion conversion
story is by a British author who overcame a difficult childhood
(parents divorced and mother turned Buddhist, uncle in the British
Humanist League) to become a Catholic apologist, now equipped with a
doctorate in philosophy from Oxford. Her story also points to the need
of so many women and men to continue a journey of inner healing even
after celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
What Happens When People Share Their Abortion Stories
Cullen Herout, June 9, 2016 The Federalist
Written by a mental health professional who for 5 years has served in Rachel's Vineyard
Why We Should Welcome Abortion
Narratives (30 April 2014, First Things)
growing toward greater maternal support and respect for the dignity of
all human life needs these narratives, even the ones that do not end in
remorse. By giving women narrative, they are empowered in precisely the
way their pregnancies left them feeling powerless. And they encourage
those of us in the pro-life movement to view the woman with full
is a "dying country" (13 February 2015, The Guardian)
articles on Italy's demographic crisis below...
Italian Women are Choosing to Have No Children
(22 April 2014, Wall
While this article
on economic forces leading to the choice of childlessness, we
the very personal stories of past abortions contributing to a sense of
unworthiness to become a mother. Imagine the pain as women hit age 45
realizing they aborted the only child they will ever carry. And imagine
the family wound as others approach 35 or 40 still living with the
mother who years ago encouraged them to abort and now continually asks
when they will produce a grandchild. One of our women reponded
such a mother, who'd twice convinced her (at age 24 and 26) she was
"too young" to have a child: "I gave you two grandchildren but you sent
The "Nonna" State
(15 June 2012, Wall
beaten-down economies of Italy and Spain, the force to reckon with is
the army of grandparents who form an invisible safety net helping young
people make ends meet.
Vineyard Italy Mission founders Monika
Rodman Montanaro (California, USA) and Domenico Montanaro
The Origins of the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission
In 2007 Monika Rodman,
former coordinator of Respect Life Ministry and Post-abortion Healing
Ministry in the
Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, CA, married her Italian
Montanaro and moved to Italy. It was Domenico's
encouragement that led the couple in 2010 to pioneer Italy's first
Christian ministry for
healing after abortion,
a ministry active since the 1980's in the United States (both in
Catholic and other Christian communities) but truly a novelty in Italy.
Together with our
collaborators, we labor in this Mission in the spirit of
the New Evangelization
called for by St. John Paul II, Pope
Emeritus Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis. However you discovered the Italy Mission, we welcome you!
compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical
and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular
devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the
Pope Francis, 25 April 2014, ad
limina visit from Southern Africa's bishops
Maybe you recently
visited Italy and took home our Prayer Cards
from the U.S. Bishops Visitors Office in Rome.
Perhaps you have a heart for proclaiming
in a non-traditional missionary context
Good News of
God's saving Mercy. Post-Christian Europe is certainly one such mission
land and the experience of abortion is a wound that often leads to what
our women and men often call a "spiritual divorce" from God and from
the Christian community.
You may be of Italian heritage
and are pained to
learn that marriage, traditional family life
and practice of the Christian faith are quickly dying
out in this, Europe's most rapidly aging nation, where single child
families have become the norm.
Perhaps you have a strong commitment to human
life, and a deep
desire to offer healing balm to those carrying the pain of motherhood
lost and fatherhood aborted. It may be through the
Columbus, the Italian Catholic
or another Italian-American association
that you learned of our
Mission. We would be so very grateful to welcome you as partners!
And some of you have personally benefitted from Rachel's Vineyard,
having found there your
own deep healing after the
experience of abortion. In learning
how unique the Church's post-abortion healing ministries
are to the United
States, you now desire to extend the same healing opportunity to women
and men in a
post-abortion Mission country.
Partnership in the Italy Mission
Whatever has led to you to this Italy Mission, know that we are
grateful for your interest in our apostolate. We hope you will
become a fellow gardener in this Vineyard, whether through
or telling others about our work.
Rachel's Vineyard site, including ours, must be financially
Your donations make our work possible as they help defray
infrastructure costs we are not yet able to cover through program fees
and Italian donations. While the recently deceased Cardinal of Bologna (where we offer
the retreats) had personally blessed our ministry,
that blessing has not yet included any form of financial support. Those
Italians who do financially support this ministry are most all former
participants joined by a few clergy.
Since 2009 Rachel's Vineyard of Colorado, while not directing any of
own funds to the Italy Mission, has graciously assisted us
by facilitating our friends' restricted giving
for this Italy Mission. It
has been the sacrificial gifts of individuals, families and Knights
of Columbus Councils that have helped make possibile our first five
years of activity.
We receive NO
from Rachel's Vineyard of Colorado, nor from Rachel's Vineyard
headquarters in Philadelphia, nor from Rachel's Vineyard's parent
organization Priests for Life.
We would be honored to
have you join our family of supporters! To make a tax-deductible
donation in the United States, through
the registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization "Rachel's Vineyard of
Colorado", click here.
From 2012 through 2017 our American
family of financial
supporters averaged an annual total of 21 households and two Knights of
Columbus Councils (Council 5300 Goleta Valley, CA and Council 6143,
Our goal for 2018 is to grow our number
of American supporters to 30
families. We would
welcome your personal participation to help us
reach this goal. Our
family of supporters, while predominantly Catholic, includes Christian believers of various
denominations, and we are grateful for those mission partners who, like
us, believe Christ is honored when His Body, the Church, reaches out
ecumenically with the Good News.
In 2018 we also hope to add 2 new
(including at least one new Knights of
Columbus Council) to our family of supporters.
hoped-for partnership with one or more Italian-American
organizations has thus far remained elusive. If you are involved in
the Italian American community, might you be able to help us form one such
partnership in 2018?
To make a donation to the
Vineyard Italy Mission, simply click on the Response Form and
mail your financial gift to Tara, my stateside collaborator (and former
Oakland RV team member) who records and forwards all gifts to our
Please email Italy Mission coordinator Monika Rodman Montanaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive a copy of our current Business Plan, entitled
New Evangelization in Italy through Post-abortion
Healing," email Monika Rodman Montanaro at email@example.com.
Thank you for your prayers for, and partnership in, the Rachel's Vineyard Italy
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