Fontbonne University is participating in a program for St. Louis-area college students to raise awareness about abortion and offer healing to those who have had an abortion or those affected by a loved one's abortion.
Titled "Why Can't We Talk About Abortion?," the program is being offered in association with Project Rachel and The Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Project Rachel, sponsored by the Catholic Church, provides free, professional and confidential counseling, reconciliation, and spiritual direction for those who have been affected by abortion. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign aims to raise awareness about the potential physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of abortion.
This educational and pastoral program will be held Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in St. Louis, Mo. Primarily for college students, the program is open to anyone who has had an abortion, wants to learn more about the impact of abortion or wants to help others who have had an abortion experience.
The event will feature a keynote address by Michaelene Fredenburg, author of "Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One's Abortion Experience," and the creator of the campaign "Abortion Changes You." Individuals are also scheduled who will share their personal stories about the impact of abortion on their lives. Susanne M. Harvath, Ph.D., will present a workshop on post-abortion healing designed to help people learn more about the grieving process. Harvath is a licensed professional counselor and professor of pastoral counseling at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. She is also the clinical director of Project Rachel. The event will conclude with an optional "healing service," according to organizers.
Lay counselors will be available for those who want individual discussions. Catholics will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
For more information, or to sign up for this event, contact Barb Schaumburg at (314) 719-8019.