The leadership of Priests for Life today is mourning the passing of Vicki Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel, a ministry for healing after abortion.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director, said, “All of us at Priests for Life are saddened by the sudden passing of Vicki Thorn. For many years, it was my privilege to collaborate with her in developing and announcing the urgent call to healing after abortion, training the clergy and the wider pro-life community in the dynamics of healing, taking part together in the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, and broadcasting.
“She participated in the retreat program we host for leaders in the pro-life and healing movements, and was always ready to share the fruits of her own research and experience.
“We are grateful for the service she rendered to the Church and we commend her now to the mercy of the Lord to which she so diligently witnessed.”
Executive Director Janet Morana express her gratitude “for a life well lived.” She credited Ms. Thorn for being “one of the pioneers who brought awareness of the need for healing after abortion.
“I was privileged to speak at conferences with her, both in Rome and in the States. I valued her friendship. She will be missed.
“May the angels lead you into paradise …”
Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, said:
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Vicki Thorn during this time of grief and mourning.
“She was a passionate person who made incredible efforts to bring awareness and sensitivity regarding the need for ministries into the Catholic Church – and beyond – for healing after abortion.
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“I remember my excitement attending the Healing Visions conferences, which she organized – bringing together researchers and clinicians who were observing and treating the grief women and men suffered after abortion. The connections I made there have lasted a lifetime with colleagues in ministry.
“Vicki offered so much love and service to others, and her life was a witness to the sanctity of human life and bringing others into reconciliation and mercy.
“ ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt. 25:21)
On Saturday, April 30, which Providentially marks the conclusion of Abortion Recovery Awareness Month, Father Pavone will offer his broadcast Mass on EndAbortion.TV for the repose of Vicki’s soul.