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I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly, what happened was and remains terribly wrong.  But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly.  If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”  Pope John Paul II – Evangelium Vitae, 99

It’s common to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness. Be assured that there is forgiveness, hope and healing—many women and men have participated in diocesan Project Rachel Ministries and returned to a loving relationship with God.

Project Rachel, the U.S. Catholic Church’s ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including specially trained priests, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals.

The Diocese of Bridgeport is committed to assisting those who are seeking help through the Entering Canaan model of healing.  Please contact our confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email for more information.

Articles and Publications

The impact of abortion is far reaching. Sometimes, we are not aware of who it impacts and how. Creating awareness can help bring about understanding, compassion, hope and healing for many.


Featured Event

Connecticut March for Life

BRIDGEPORT—The Connecticut Catholic Conference, in cooperation with the National March for Life and other pro-life organizations in our state, is sponsoring Connecticut’s first official March for Life event on March 23, 2022 at the State Capitol.

“The March will be a time for Connecticut citizens to express their support for the life of the unborn and their opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide,” wrote Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in a recent memo.

“Although the issues the March will address are controversial in our society, people of faith must speak the truth and follow the Gospel imperative to be a light unto the world. We will be joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths in this major demonstration. We must send a strong message to our elected officials that there are many people who view life as a sacred gift from God from conception until natural death.”

Pre-rally program begins at 9:30 am with the rally itself beginning at 12 noon at the capitol. If you have any questions you can email the Connecticut Catholic Conference at

Bus transportation locations are available throughout the diocese. For a location nearest you and to register, click here. For more information on bus travel, contact Dave Janny at or 203.856.8496 or Maureen Ciardiello at For the latest updates on the CT March for Life visit or text “CCC” to 74121.

Through the generosity of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, free bus seats are available. Please use Promo Code KOFC2022 when registering.

Holy Hour for Life

TRUMBULL—Can’t make it to Washington DC for the MARCH FOR LIFE on JAN 21 in Washington, DC?


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