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Project Rachel offered for Spanish-speaking women

Project Rachel now offers its ministry for postabortive women to Spanish-speakers.

by Moira Cullings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — With abortion on the rise in Kansas, leaders at Project Rachel believe their ministry is needed now more than ever.

That’s why the organization that serves postabortive women is launching its ministry for Spanish-speaking women.

“Statistics show that Hispanic women have increased their use of abortion in recent years,” said Patricia Vela, “and consequently, women suffering from postabortion syndrome have also increased.”

The goal with Project Rachel’s extended outreach is simple.

“We want to include everyone in our archdiocese to receive the services our church offers,” said archdiocesan pro-life ministries coordinator Ann Marie Alvey.

Vela will minister to Hispanic women at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Virginia Tzontecomani will serve at Our Lady of Unity Parish campuses at  Sacred Heart and St. John the Evangelist, all located in Kansas City, Kansas.

“As a ministry,” said Alvey, “we desire to bring Jesus’ healing mercy to all women and men who are suffering from the effects of abortion through the healing programs we provide.”

Although it’s a Catholic ministry, Project Rachel serves people of all religions.

“God’s mercy is infinite and every sinner has the right to receive his grace,” said Vela. “God wants to heal all your wounds and give you the opportunity to start a new life.

“In Project Rachel, you can find that love of God in a safe environment and without judgment, in addition to learning tools that will help you heal and give meaning to your life.”

Three of Project Rachel’s leaders participated in a radio interview with Kansas City Radio en Español to promote the launch. The video can be viewed on the radio network’s Facebook page, which can be found by searching its name.

To reach out to Project Rachel, call (913) 621-2199; send an email to Ann Marie Alvey at: aalvey@archkck.org;  or visit the website at: projectrachelkc.com.

About the author

Moira Cullings

Moira attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park and Benedictine College in Atchison. She majored in marketing, minored in psychology and played center midfield for the women’s soccer team. Moira joined The Leaven staff as a feature writer and social media editor in 2015. After a move to Denver, Moira resumed her full-time position at The Leaven and continues to write and manage the website, social media channels and Archbishop Naumann's Facebook page. Her favorite assignment was traveling to the Holy Land to take photos for a group pilgrimage in 2019.

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