to our English-speaking friends...
from the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission!
As calendar year 2019 unfolds and we move toward Lent, Domenico and I, along with our collaborators,
send you greetings filled with gratitude for your partnership in
the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission.
Here in Italy we are in Carnival season,
with Venice, Viareggio and our own nearby Putignano being Italy's 3
most well known venues. This is the season not only of general
merrymaking and rich foods. It's also the season of masks!
Those we serve often speak of the "masks" they wear as they try to anesthetize their inner pain by living superficially. The Italian culture of la bella figura
("looking good") encourages such covering up and often feeds the fear
of going deeper to uncover, give voice to and heal a suffering such as
that of one or more past abortion experiences. This time of year we
always put front and center on our Italian website HomePage an
article that speaks of these "masks".
On Ash Wednesday priests across Italy will sprinkle ash on the heads of
those making their way for a brief visit into unusually overflowing
churches. (No sign of the cross on the forehead here, just a "poof" of
dust on the hair!) The ashes remind us that "we are dust and that
in our mortal state we are desperate for someone to save us."
These words of a Southern Baptist missionary in Germany struck me. I
share with you her further reflections, as they very much speak to our
Italian reality and to the work of this apostolate:
"I wonder how many
people with ash fresh on their foreheads will still be wearing masks.
Will the ashes be painted onto masks or onto truly repentant hearts?
Will they be a license to sin for a season, or a reminder of mortality
and the need for repentance?
Not all our masks
are as obvious as the decorated porcelain masks of Carnival, but we can
still hide behind them. The longer a mask is worn, the more comfortable
it feels and the harder it is to take off. In a world where beauty,
success, and perfection are valued, it’s hard to remove the mask
and reveal the real person behind the facade. I may be able to mask my
pain, discouragement, desperation, shame, and sin from other people,
but I can never hide them from God.
truly genuine if a person indulges in fleshy desires and assumes that
in the days to come he or she can earn forgiveness by pious deeds and
self-denial? Doesn’t true repentance involve removing the masks
June 2017, Rome
As you prepare for your
Lenten observation, we invite you to consider the Italy Mission
among those worthy beneficiaries of your almsgiving generosity. We must still fully self-finance our activities,
and our ongoing stateside relationship with the 501(c)3 organization Rachel's Vineyard of Colorado continues to facilitate your active role in helping meet that need.
The Year 2019 Response Form details how to make a tax-deductible Gift to the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission, to be sent by check to California for forwarding to Colorado. PLEASE NOTE: that form includes a NEW ADDRESS for your donations,
as my longtime friends, a Deacon couple in the Diocese of Monterey,
have volunteered to receive and forward to Colorado our Italy Mission gifts this year and next.
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.
As some of you are already aware, 2018 was marked by unusual rhythms due to the loss of one of the
Italy Mission's greatest fans, Monika's father Ray, whom we honor here
with photos 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
We are dedicating our activities this year to Ray, who was in many ways
not only a supporter of the Italy Mission, but a source of the vision
that inspired it:
Dad passed on to me (Monika) the precious treasure of
our Catholic Christian faith, living a quiet trust in the Lord Who
penetrates suffering with grace and brings life
out of death. Daily shared prayer, a simple lifting of the heart to our
Source and Summit with few words but deep intention, was one of the
exquisite gifts we shared from the time I was small to his final waking
Dad taught me perseverance in tackling
challenges of every sort, a love for life, especially for preborn
children and their mothers, fidelity to family ties despite the cost, and an unfailing willingness to practice
Ray loved and served his country through his Navy service and
aeronautical engineering career. He knew, as the son of illiterate
immigrants from a country that later went communist (Yugoslavia),
that the United States has unique gifts to offer the
world. He was so happy when he heard of my work a few years ago to help
bring Rachel's Vineyard to Slovenia, the part of Yugoslavia very near
to the area from which my grandparents had emigrated.
Dad had hoped I might go into another field of work, but took pride
in my service to the Church. And He accepted with few complaints
Mission which marriage brought me, despite the personal sacrifice which
that Mission required of him, as it took his only child from California
to Southern Italy for the last decade of his life. He understood
our Mission of post-abortion hope and healing to be a seed
God sowed first in the U.S. Church so that it might be planted
throughout the Church universal, and dad was proud we could bring this
work to the
heart of the Church and to "Old World" Europe which is in dire need of
a New Evangelization.
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"The whole experience, while in some ways extremely difficult,
was unforgettably beautiful and went far above and beyond my expectations."
- An Italian retreat participant
Italy Mission Year 2018
During most of 2018 I was in California helping dad and then
mom, so it
was our Italian team that carried on the ministry, chiefly
following by phone and email, those who contact us
for assistance. We continue to welcome an increasing number of requests
for help from women who've find us less than a year after their
abortion experience, which requires of our team a special attention and
team psychologist in Milan participated in formation events with
other marriage and family life organizations.
2018 was an important year for various team members: Our senior team
member (she herself a former participant after a late-term abortion
following a poor prenatal diagnosis) finished 3 years of preparation
and passed her exam to
become a counselor. Another team member got married, a clergy
collaborator received a new priestly assignment, and our team couple
child from Russia. These various events, coupled with my absence, led
us to wait until 2019 to offer
The many activities of our extremely busy year
2017 (see below) brought heavier than usual expenses. Thanks to your generosity our spending on those precious initiatives was reimbursed through year-end
Mission donations received last December. The fact that an unusual year 2018 required us to put big
activities on hold means that your Year-end 2018 gift made today will allow us to already prepare financially for our year 2019 activities.
In 2019, in addition to resuming 3-day retreats in Bologna, we plan to pilot elsewhere 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
We also plan to build on the important opportunities created in 2017 through participation in
several first-ever outreach events in both ecclesial and civic
Preparation for year 2019 began this Summer with a missionary speaking engagement in San Diego
(Monika's birthplace). This third annual invitation to participate in the
diocesan Mission Cooperation Plan was also an occasion to promote that
diocese's own long-active post-abortion healing ministry.
"Thank you" to the Diocese of San Diego Missions office
for allowing the work of the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission
to be shared at 2 parishes this summer!
One of Monika's former collaborators from the Oakland Diocese "happened to be" in San Diego that Mission weekend.
The presiding priest congratulated us on our work, and
a gentleman leaving Mass said this was the best Missions talk he'd ever heard!
With San Diego's diocesan Mens & Womens Post-abortion ministry
leaders A longtime collaborator from AbortionChangesYou.com at Monika's Mission talk.
Diocesan Missions Talk Summary
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
Eight 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
The Year- End 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 friend in the Monterey Diocese 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, I hope that as the Year 2018
ends and Year 2019 unfolds, you will renew - or begin - your
the Rachel's Vineyard Italy Mission!
Our entire team wishes you a heartfelt Christmas and sends its
"Arise, everyone! Mary invites us all - rich and poor, the just and sinners - to enter the cave of Bethlehem,
to adore and to kiss the feet of her newborn son.
Go in, then, all of you devout men and women. Let us enter and not be afraid."
- St. Alphonsus Liguori
We first published this list on our 5th anniversary and since the learning never ends, we update it each year!
8 Lessons Learned these
first 8 Years
1) As our
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
Italian spirituality. Cardinal Carlo Caffarra (+ 2017) more than once
appreciation of Rachel's
Vineyard, noting in a meeting with
his Clergy Council, shortly before his retirement, our
apostolate's activities as one of the highlights of his years as bishop
We are working to earn similar trust as we cultivate a
relationship with the new bishop of Bologna, who met with us in his first months in office.
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, until the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, abortion confessions were
treated and generally reserved to the Bishop's
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. 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 ever encountered in the U.S. In addition,
Italian socialism has thwarted the development of a vigorous spirit of
unpaid volunteerism like that which is so strong in the States. Please pray for us as we search for additional mental health professionals with whom to collaborate!
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.
8) For many women and men we serve, particularly those who are still single, an important part of the healing process we offer is our willingness to propose Christian chastity as a positive and liveable decision,
as well as the only sure way to prevent further abortions. Please pray
for our entire team in this matter, which can involve courage and
discernment, and which calls us all to live with the same integrity to
which we invite others.
Highlights from the Italy Mission Archives:
Mission leaders Monika and Domenico with priest Fr. Rito (blue shirt)
and former participants,
a married couple, after our workshop given at the "Mistero Grande"
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.
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
Monika and Domenico before the July retreat at the Poor Clares convent in downtown Bologna
The sisters are cloistered but by no means cut off from the world!
They helped sponsor our outreach at the Franciscan Festival.
Mons. John Cihak from the Archdiocese of
a priest with extensive experience in post-abortion pastoral care who served in Rome for 8 years,
annually invited Monika to join him
in speaking to Italian and international clergy
doing ongoing formation at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.
We look forward to continuing our relationship with this university.
Our annual Mission trips to Rome for a day
of outreach at Italy's March for Life have undoubtedly been a success! Most recently, religious sisters (two of whom have also participated in our
retreat) joined past participants in distributing materials
before, during and after the walk. One of our former participants (in above photo), whom
we'd not seen for 6 months, remarked 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 amazing effects
of releasing and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Clergy collaboration: A precious treasure!
An Italian priest in his 50's wrote to us: "I'd
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."
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 one of Milan's nicest neighborhoods.
Stumbling into a confessional at this very church on a hot summer's day, 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 we had several lengthy
phone conversations during the summer. Another team member, who's also dealt with infertility, companioned her, as well.
One month after participating in the Fall 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..."
Two months later 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 first-ever 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 gifts at Year-end 2018 and in 2019 will help us not only help individual women,
but offer marriage-saving help to families like Elena's!
Fruits of the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016
You may recall that the Jubilee Year of Mercy included
Pope Francis' conferring to all clergy
of the world the priestly faculties to deal with any abortion
excommunication and absolve this sin "in one sitting".
(Formerly it was Franciscan, Dominican, Carmelite and
other mendicant order clergy who had that authority, together with Jesuits and the
bishops' penitenzieri, i.e. priests hearing confessions at cathedrals.)
On November 21, 2016 Francis extended his new policy permanently. In the United States this changed practically
nothing in pastoral practice, but Francis' move was truly big news for post-abortion pastoral care in countries like Italy,
where longstanding restrictive policies had created a tremendous silence and led many to perceive a
miserliness in the invitation to seek God's Mercy after abortion. At least some clergy sometimes
found themselves preoccupied about how to proceed with a penitent
confessing abortion. That preoccupation has had a
chilling effect on the Italian Church's ability to respond pastorally
to this tragedy which has touched so many individuals, couples and
families. We're delighted to help Italy move into a new era in this regard.
Since the Jubilee Year Monika has helped mentor a new retreat site, the first in Slovenia
the former Yugoslavia, next to Croatia and Austria, near Italy's
northwest border). Our relationship with Slovenia begain 4 years ago
when we welcomed on our retreat a participant from there. She then
returned and over time found a Jesuit priest with whom to collaborate,
with whom Monika has spent many hours consulting by Skype.
These words, by now well
known in American Church and pro-life circles, remain
largely unknown here in Italy.
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
My burden lifted forever
Advent Special! Laura Keynes, December 3, 2015, Catholic Herald (U.K.)
Released in Advent 2015, this post-abortion conversion
story is by a British author 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.
Europe's Down Syndrome "Thought Police"
LifeSiteNews, November 29, 2016
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.
After Abortion Why Can't I Feel Forgiveness?
Theresa Bonapartis, July 14, 2014, Aleteia
A spiritual challenge common to many women and men...
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)
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
California Native Takes Rachel's Vineyard to the Old World (Elizabeth Lev, Oct. 22, 2010, Zenit - original title "Healing Abortion Survivors")
Rome March for Life Testimonies
(Story not translated here
in an Italian Catholic family life magazine)
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.
Looking for a Rachel's
Vineyard Retreat in the U.S.??
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 outgoing Cardinal of Bologna (where we offer
the retreats) has personally reaffirmed his blessing of 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
years of activity.
We receive NO
from Rachel's Vineyard of Colorado, nor from Rachel's Vineyard
international headquarters in Philadelphia.
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.
In 2017 our American
family of financial
supporters included a total of 26 households and two Knights of
Columbus Councils (Council 5300 Goleta Valley, CA and Council 6143,
Our goal for 2019 is to grow our number
of American supporters to 35
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 2019 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 2019?
To make a donation to the
Vineyard Italy Mission, simply click on the Response Form and
mail your financial gift to my stateside collaborator who records and forwards all gifts to our
sponsor agency in Colorado.
Questions? Please email Italy Mission coordinator Monika Rodman Montanaro at email@example.com.
Thank you for your prayers for and partnership in the Italy
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